Stop Forcing Chemicals Down Animals’ Throats


Target: Senate President Pro Tempore, Patrick Leahy

Goal: Ban the cruel force-feeding of chemicals to animals during research experiments

New findings, led by environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, reveal that the method of force-feeding chemicals down the throats of animals, known as “oral gavage,” does not give an accurate indication of those chemicals’ effects on humans. Oral gavage typically involves pumping chemicals through an animal’s mouth with a tube or a syringe for days at a time.

In her report, Vandenberg recommends abandoning the technique of oral gavage due to its lack of accurate data. She writes, “We conclude that gavage may be preferred over other routes for some environmental chemicals in some circumstances, but it does not appropriately model human dietary exposures for many chemicals. Because it avoids exposure pathways, is stressful and thus interferes with endocrine responses, gavage should be abandoned as the default route of administration for hazard assessments of EDCs.”

According to PETA, pharmaceutical tests that involve gavage tubes “…have an appalling 92 percent failure rate in predicting the safety and/or effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.” The health and safety of animals used in these tests are often completely disregarded. Gavage tubes are also used to fatten up ducks who are raised for foie gras. In this case, a massive amount of grain is shoved down the throats of birds, so that their livers grow to severely unhealthy sizes.

There has never been any question regarding the inherent cruelty involved with oral gavage, but Laura Vandenberg’s study shows that the method causes animals so much stress that it is impossible to conduct an accurate study on the effects of any given chemical. By signing this petition, you will be urging government officials to save animals from unnecessary cruelty by banning this torturous technique once and for all.


Dear Mr. Patrick Leahy,

Environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg recently found that the animal testing technique of oral gavage does not provide accurate data on the effect of chemicals in humans. Oral gavage, a method that involves force-feeding animals chemicals through a syringe or tube, causes animals so much stress that it is impossible to get accurate results.

Gavage is the same method that is used to force-feed ducks massive amounts of grain, so they can be fattened up and killed for foie gras. It is a horrifyingly cruel process and it needs to be banned.

Please use your status as Senate President Pro Tempore to save animals from unnecessary abuse by passing legislation that bans the cruel, ineffective method of oral gavage once and for all.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Global Action in the Interest of Animals via Creative Commons

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  1. renee jeanine ragno says:

    What is it with people that they feel the need to abuse, torture and slaughter innocent, helpless, defenseless animals. STOP this we’re allegedly the more intelligent, humane species and yet.

    You have serial killers, pedophiles, rapists, abusers that can be used for this.

    If whoever funds or participates in these sadistic experiments believes that they’re beneficial YOU volunteer in the interests of money and mankind. it would be more time sensitive, cost effective and have truer results.

    Who will be the first to volunteer?!

    • Kim Oaster says:

      No one. Because the rapists,murderers,and pedophiles would all bitch it’s a civil right violation. Criminals have more righrs than the innocent nonconsenial animals scientists torture

    • Agreed! If someone wants to do an experiment bad enough THEY can consent to ingesting chemicals and being killed and dissected afterwards!

      To torture innocent animals because you feel you are ‘superior’ and they are here for our amusement is being a BULLY.

  2. Michael Guest says:

    Unacceptable. Get this banned now.

  3. deb spanhake says:

    why would man do this to a animal? so dam cruel and forceful and why chemicals why mist man be murderous and controlling forceful mean and hateful?

  4. Deb Louque says:

    It disgusts and saddens me that humans treat innocent animals with such a lack of respect and humanity to torture them in the name of science or research – whether it’s testing for makeup, chemicals, pet food or force feeding for foie gras or faster slaughter, or doing experiments for medical research. These people are no different than someone who beats an animal, starves an animal, dumps a trapped animal into a river, etc. The outcome is the same at the hands of a human and animals deserve so much better. I agree that technology is so advanced now, that animals absolutely don’t need to be used. If a live test subject is needed, use the murderers, rapists and pedophiles instead. Disgusting and SOO sad.

  5. margaret womack says:

    Violence to humans is even more unacceptable, than the also violent and unacceptable treatment of these poor animals. Think of it–in late term abortions and in partial birth abortions,
    innocent babies are torn limb from limb (or, n partial birth abortions, scissors are stuck into the back of the baby’s neck,
    and his brains are removed via a suction tube, while the up to nine-month baby is partly delivered–often an otherwise healthy baby..All this torturous treatment with no anesthesia for the poor and viable baby who is indeed proven to suffer acutely, just the same as us. In Albuquerque recently, they voted against anesthetizing these suffering ones. And, as far as I know, this possible relief was not even proposed to voters anywhere else.

  6. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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