Halt Plans For Unnecessary Chemical Testing on Animals

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Use only non-animal testing models in proposed endocrine studies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plans to kill over 80,000 animals in proposed endocrine disruption studies. The testing involves over 134 chemicals and will take years to yield results that will not be entirely valid as they are animal based and not human based tests. Please ask the EPA to use the already established non-animal testing method referred to as ToxCast instead of torturing thousands of animals in useless studies.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to induce suffering upon thousands of animals in endocrine disrupting studies. The studies involve over 134 chemicals and are aimed at validating the safety of such chemicals in relation to the hormone and reproduction systems of various animals. Not only are these tests inhumane, they are not relatable to humans, meaning the results do not validate the safety of the chemicals in the human body by any means. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency has already created non-animal models that have been successful in various studies, known by the name ToxCast.  One such example is the Gulf Coast oil spill, in which ToxCast proved to be an effective alternative to live animal studies in the EPA’s tests.

With effective alternatives available, and even produced by this very agency, is it inappropriate and inhumane for the EPA to choose to torture thousands of animals in the name of supposed endocrine disrupting studies. Please demand the EPA use the appropriate ToxCast non-animal models for all animal testing and immediately discontinue the use of live animal subjects.


Dear Lisa Jackson,

As  Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, I am sure you are aware of the plans to torture thousands of innocent animals in proposed endocrine disrupting studies. The intent to use live animals in any testing in the EPA is inappropriate and inhumane as the EPA has already proven the effectiveness of non animal subjects. Please consider the lives you are frivolously and painfully taking in this unnecessary testing and immediately enact a ban on all live animal testing.

The EPA plans to use over 80,000 animals in painful tests that involve over 134 chemicals. These horrifying tests will take place over several years in order to develop supposed safety levels for both humans and the environment. These tests will likely provide safety ratings that cannot effectively be assumed for humans, as animals have proven to be ineffective models for testing given their vast genetic differences. In addition, the EPA has already established the effectiveness of the ToxCast program in which non animal sources are used. ToxCast proved to be immensely effective in the EPA testing following the Gulf Oil Spill and has also proven effective in the first phase of the proposed endocrine disrupting studies.

When viable alternatives are available, there is no reason to inflict excruciating pain and suffering on so many innocent creatures. Please reconsider the proposal to use live animals in the endocrine disruption studies and opt for the humane and effective ToxCast models.


[Your Name Here]

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