Monday, April 14, 2008

US dragging its feet in alternatives to animal testing

[Hat tip to Jay Hughes] An article in the Washington Post points out that despite Congress creating a panel (known as the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods, or ICCVAM) over a decade ago to explore alternatives to animal testing, little has changed. "Instead of acting as an advocate for companies and nonprofits proposing non-animal tests, the panel has become an obstacle, animal welfare groups say. They point to Europe, where a similar panel has approved 34 alternatives to animal tests and has another 170 in its pipeline. Critics say the U.S. panel is slow and favors older animal tests that have never gone through the same rigorous scientific review."

For the complete article, click here.

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