Good News For Rabbits – And For Us

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Inch by inch, progress is being made in ending animal tests. Actually, today it was more mile by mile. After more than a decade of scientific research, negotiations and lobbying by PETA and other animal protection groups, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that it has approved new, non-animal testing methods for skin irritation.

What does that mean? Until recently, chemicals of all kinds were tested for skin irritation using painful tests on rabbits. But now, around the entire world, the standard way of testing for skin irritation will be to use high-tech, modern methods – the rabbits will be spared. This really is a global deal: the OECD produces binding safety testing guidelines for its more than 30 member nations, representing almost all of the world’s largest economies, and many countries which aren’t members also follow the OECD’s guidelines.

Animal-friendly methods employ in vitro (test tube) toxicity screening, “skin” grown in laboratories and computer models. While non-animal methods have been recognised as valid to test corrosivity (in other words, whether something will permanently damage the skin) for some time, these are the first methods to be recognised as effective to measure skin irritation, thus allowing for a complete assessment of skin effects without the use of animals. The methods that have just been adopted by the OECD use reconstructed human skin models that successfully reproduce the effect on human skin and allow reliable, accurate measurements of damage in a way that applying chemicals to the shaved, raw skin of rabbits cannot. In addition to the pain and distress endured by the rabbits who are used in animal tests, the OECD also considered evidence that the animal tests do not accurately measure whether a substance is likely to be an irritant to human skin – in other words, these methods should be more effective in protecting humans too.

We are particularly proud that PETA played an integral role in this process. PETA financially supported the rigorous scientific testing of one of the non-animal methods that have just been approved, which helped to produce the scientific evidence that led the OECD to approve the use of the method. (PETA US has given more than $850,000 over the past 10 years to support the development and implementation of non-animal testing methods.) These new methods will spare tens of thousands of rabbits every year from unnecessary suffering. And that should make everyone feel pretty good.


  • Mary commented on August 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Yey! Rabbits are my absolute favourite – I’m so hapy knowing that they’re almost all safe now! 😀

  • Zoe & Daisy commented on August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    About time too!!! a big huge hip horray from me and my house rabbit Daisy (who is totally gorgeous!!)

  • ophélia rimbaud commented on August 3, 2010 at 9:48 am


  • Karen commented on August 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Excellent news!

  • Tracy commented on August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    This is fantastic!! Are these new methods going to be compulsory, or will the laboratories still be able to choose to test on animals?

  • Nadja commented on August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Splendid!! Thank you!

  • Uddhav commented on August 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Yay 🙂 LOVE this 😀 freedom for those cute buns 😀

  • Chokdee commented on August 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

    On behalf of my bunny Mr. Peaches, we’d like to personally thank PETA for working so hard for so long on making this a reality. Thank you!

  • Jaboa Braveheart commented on August 3, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I am so happy I’m crying! May God bless them all and let us pray and always keep the ones who didn’t make it in our hearts! VICTORY!!!

  • Jaboa Braveheart commented on August 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

    My Whitefoot family and I LOVE YOU PETA!!!

  • Joana commented on August 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    It was about time a good plan B for animal testing arrived !
    Most people don’t even KNOW that for the products they use, lots and lots of
    innocent little rabbits are suffering beforehand…
    They SHAVE the rabbit’s skin before ? Sick.

  • Joana commented on August 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    My bunny Mr. Muffin and his 4 siblings and parents say thanks to PETA, as well… =)

  • Carmen commented on August 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Yes! Finally!
    After a decade? That much time? Wow, people really are just selfish and cruel down to the core.
    I’m glad someone has implemented this much RATIONAL and ACCURATE testing. It is ridiculous though that PETA had to PAY THEM so they’d start being somewhat human.
    Ridiculous. The gridiness of people and dark in them just amazes me everytime.

    THANK YOU PETA FOR THIS WONDERFUL NEWS. It just literaly made my day.

  • Tim Kowalchuk commented on August 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Now what about the rest of the animals. Cats, dogs, mice. etc…

  • June commented on August 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    It’s wonderful to hear good news once in a while. Thank you PETA.

  • June commented on August 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you PETA.

  • marilyn j needham commented on August 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Cheers to Peta and all the people who fight so hard every day to save our furry friends

  • Amanda & Cooper commented on August 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Finally some good news! 😀 Thank you PETA

  • Stephanie Jones commented on August 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Scarlet and Braveheart Jones give a big hug to everyone who made this possible!! I wish more people knew how smart and loving bunnies are. Now if they would just stop testing on all animals!!

  • KT commented on August 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Around the world bunnies and friends of bunnies are all leaping for joy!

  • pj56 commented on August 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I am so happy! It took awhile, but thanks to you, PETA, the rabbits are finally free from pain. Thank you. Yeah!!!

  • silfrhuntress commented on August 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    this technology has been available for so long but we are a capitolist society. it costs to much to put in place new testing proceedures if it is not required. thanks to PETA companies especially proctor and gamble have no choice but to change to humane practices.

  • The Pet Directory commented on August 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Everyone at The Pet Directory wish to thank PETA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on this wonderful humane initiative in health care.

  • Verina commented on August 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

    This made my heart sing! Question: What will happen now to all the lab animals in captivity that were to be test subjects? Will they go to shelters or be euthanized? Do we know?

  • Caddie Hart commented on August 5, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Thank you SO much PETA!!! I’m so happy, this has made my day!!!! 🙂

  • silvia commented on August 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    ouuuuuuh yeaaaaaaah 😀

  • emma commented on August 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Finally! — My bunny [house rabbit] Fudge would LOVE this! — Can’t wait for animal testing to be COMPLETLEY banned!

  • Ellie commented on August 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Me & my lionhead bunny Thumper say a big thank you!
    Now atleast innocent rabbits won’t suffer.

  • Jasmine Chen commented on August 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    yeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaa. thanks thanks and thanks. Rabbits all over the world are bouncing with joy 🙂

  • Rae Todd commented on September 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Well done Peta and thank you on behalf of rabbits everywhere. x

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