EPA proposal to roll back animal testing and ‘cut unnecessary research’ gains backing from PETA

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it plans to reduce the use of pesticide testing on birds as part of Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s push to roll back animal testing at the agency.

The draft policy unveiled [September 17] was created in collaboration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and aims to avoid “unnecessary resource use, data generation costs, and animal testing,” the proposal states.

“One component of this is improved approaches to traditional toxicity tests to minimize the number of animals used while expanding the amount of information obtained,” the draft proposal reads. “Waiving studies, when they offer little additional scientific information or public health protection, is an important component of the guiding principles for data requirements.”

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EPA officials describe the proposed rule change as a move toward favoring testing that doesn’t hurt animals.

Scientists, however, have criticized the agency’s recent plans to roll back animal testing, arguing it opens the door to allowing more chemical and pesticide use in general amid a lack of adequate testing on live species.

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