European Ombudsman Ruling on PETA Complaint a Victory for Animals Used in EU Chemical Tests

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Rats in laboratory cage© Doctors Against Animal Experiments
Victory! In a landmark decision that could save millions of animals from suffering and death in laboratory experiments, the European Ombudsman has determined that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the agency responsible for overseeing the largest animal testing programme in the world, is not fully applying its authority to minimise animal experiments, as required by law.

In 2011, PETA learned that tens of thousands of animals were being poisoned and killed in avoidable tests, contrary to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), which states that animals must only be used as a last resort. PETA immediately and repeatedly contacted ECHA about this unconscionable use of animals, yet ECHA continued to shirk its duty to ensure that animal use is minimised.

We took our concerns to the European Ombudsman, who is the government official responsible for investigating complaints about European Union institutions. Her decision today, which upholds a key argument in our complaint, has enormous implications for preventing the suffering of millions of animals and confirms that ECHA has failed to fully accept its mandate and use all tools at its disposal to minimise animal experiments .

It is estimated that upwards of 13 million animals will suffer and die in experiments authorised under REACH. But the legislation is clear: alternative testing methods to animals must be used whenever possible, and testing on animals must be undertaken only as a last resort.

This is not happening. ECHA’s 2011 and 2014 reports on “The Use of Alternatives to Testing on Animals for the REACH Regulation” demonstrated that thousands of animals were used in painful skin and eye tests that could have been avoided. Just as worrisome, hundreds of studies were conducted without prior submission and approval of a testing proposal. The Ombudsman further found that ECHA’s refusal to ensure that industry comply with the principle of using animals only as a last resort is akin to amending REACH informally  without the involvement of the European Commission.

In light of ECHA’s repeated failings, an estimated 100,000 animals have suffered and died in experiments on animals that could have been avoided. While it’s too late to bring these animals back, ECHA can reduce this disastrous death toll by accepting its responsibilities and immediately incorporating the Ombudsman’s advice. Of course, scientists working for PETA and our international affiliates will continue to scrutinise ECHA’s work and do everything they can to make sure that happens.


  • kelly commented on December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Animal testing is not necessary and needs to stop. This is animal cruelty

    • WALLY commented on January 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      I know this is cruel to animals, however for humans animal testing is necessary as our drugs need to be tested on real life subjects. Animals must be used when ethical considerations prevent the use of human subjects, also animals are much more appropriate research subjects. Is it not for the best that when you take a drug you know that this has been tested on an animal so its safe for you rather than to have your family members to be research subjects.

      • Ruby commented on January 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Medical experiments on animals are scientifically flawed, and there are several alternative methods available:
        Even if medical tests on animals were beneficial for humans, what right do we have to use animals for our own benefit?

      • Maria commented on March 8, 2016 at 1:48 am

        I agree. Show some compassion. We are all animals and should be treated equally. There are many alternatives to animal testing. Testing on humans is more effective and safer for us, causing us less side effects. Humans are happy to volunteer!

      • George commented on March 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        Where does it say humans are willing to volunteer, besides DO YOU WANT TO BE A RESEARCH SUBJECT ?

      • Hastaroth commented on May 10, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Humans are not willing to volunteer,but so do non-human animals.Besides,who says that proving a drug to be safe in an animal demonstrates it’s also safe on humans?

  • Sarah davis commented on December 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Please stop this cruel and unnecessary testing on poor defenceless creatures…

  • Sandeepa Bhambri commented on December 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Alternative methods must be used for testing all products. All cruelty to animals and other living beings must be ended. Be humane.

  • farrah miller commented on December 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Please stop this nonsense.

  • corinne le guillou commented on December 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    STOP this!

  • kate commented on December 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    this very barbaric in this day and age. test on pedo,s, killers etc the crime rate will prob come down, dont test on innoccent animals that can not fight back its pure evil

  • Tracy commented on December 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Please stop this insanity. We are monsters if we continue this archaic practice.

  • Daisy commented on December 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Animal testing must stop, it is beyond cruel and causes such pain to innocent animals.

  • Adam cook commented on December 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I am disgusted to hear that you are testing on poor defenceless animals. Where is your humanity?! Please stop this. Thank you

  • Theresa Castillo commented on December 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Animal testing is wrong and must be stopped.

    • debbie hill commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      This cruelty has to stop

  • Tulin commented on December 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    It’s wrong why should these poor animals endure such cruelty.should be another way.hope it stops but when.

  • seif commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Not ours to experiment on

  • David walker commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    There’s just no need for it….

  • Elizabeth ryan commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Really awful to see animals suffer it breaks me please stop!

  • David walker commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This must stop!!!!

  • Rebecca commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Please stop this, it’s avoidable there is no need. It is so disgustingly sickening and cruel. Please make it stop!!

  • Kathy murphy commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm


  • Rachel Robinson commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    We need to shut these places down, its cruel and in this day and age we should no better. These are sick people that manage to carry out these sort of cruelty to animals. This must stop.

  • Ericha Johansson commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks to the EU Ombudsman for looking into this matter. Animal testing is not only unjustifiably cruel it’s also a threat to humans, as it’s been proven repeatedly that results from animal testing differ by 80-90% from human test results. That means what’s bad for animals may be good for us, and vice versa. Companies testing in animals should be fined €100,000 per animal used in tests. That would end animal tests instantly.

  • Alina commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Please stop abusing animals… They have a soul too, maybe much bigger than human beings!

  • Francesca commented on December 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Absolutely vile & needs to be stopped!! Test on the humans who use the products not defenceless poor animals!!!! STOP NOW!!

  • Karen Flynn commented on December 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Why do we need to do this. Why

  • Katie Toone commented on December 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Enough is enough. Test on willing humans.

  • Colin Harris commented on December 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    As the most intelligent species on the planet is this really how we should be behaving!?

  • Patricia Walker commented on December 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Stop this please…they don’t deserve this cruelty!

  • donna whitehead commented on December 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    horrific cruel and heartless so creature should ever suffer any kind of pain its not needed and its not fair you wouldnt do it to a human why is an animal any different thry too have a heart soul feelings fear and emotion if this continues then obviously you dont our mother earth needs us to save not destroy!!!!

  • Marion Madden commented on December 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I thought I lived in a civilised part of the world but this barbaric use of innocent animals by European scientists makes me weep and be sick with disgust. Who are these people? Do you know anyone who works doing something like this. Maybe they live double lives, telling relatives, friends and neighbours they do something else for a living as they are ashamed or frightened to disclose what they go to work every day to do. These experiments are entirely unnecessary and I can only think they are still carried out by certain people because those people are sadistic sick people who act out their abhorrent cravings by pretending they are doing something to help mankind. Well you are not helping me or anyone else. This must stop now, immediately, not when legislation has finished dragging on for years, now.

  • Tracy brown commented on December 12, 2014 at 12:07 am

    this is so wrong, please please stop…. They don’t deserve to be treated like this.

  • swee wee tan commented on December 12, 2014 at 12:28 am

    stop animal cruelty!

  • Claire Cameron commented on December 12, 2014 at 1:18 am

    So are there any legal actions or penalties resulting from this? Or is it only an advisement? If the latter then I don’t really see this as a victory at all, people who are callous enough to use living beings to experiment on won’t care about opinions, public pressure or ‘advice’, all they care about is money. So unless there is some severe penalties for ignoring these rules then they will continue to test on animals as before. It is a truly vile and disgusting, however they will not stop unless there are serious consequences.

  • Lydia Chow commented on December 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Animal testing is not necessary and needs to stop. This is animal cruelty

  • Robert commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

    How can you people hurt such inocent and nice creatures, nobody has this right as long is supposed to call him/herself human being, nobody should ever have find this cruelness in his heart, but the compassion for them.

  • shubhani commented on December 12, 2014 at 7:16 am

    stop using fur

  • Guillaume LAURENCIN commented on December 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

    That must be stopped !!!!!

  • nina stone commented on December 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Everything is an extention of everything else in this universe hurting other animals against their wills create an energy that negatively effects everyone else this is so wrong may it stop now !
    Peace love and healing to the soul of everyonr eho dors tgis cruel things so they may stop it now

  • Shirley commented on December 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

    hi time we stopped cruelty on defensive Animals.. Simple use Humans to test on… I already give time as a Human Medical Guinea Pig, + with all the Jailed perverts and murderers, use them.. They deserve to have some inflicted pain..

  • Samantha carr commented on December 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    These tests on animals need to be stopped once and for all, its disgracful that this is still happening.. It breaks my heart to think of all the pain (torture) they are going through

  • katarina k. commented on December 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    toto sa musi prestat.STOP tyraniu zvierat!!!!

  • katarina kamenska commented on December 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    .stop animal cruelty !!!

  • Lesley Burgess commented on December 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This inhumane use of animals has to stop !!

  • Researcher commented on December 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I am all for cutting down testing which is not needed. However, without animal testing medical devices would not be brought to market. I’m sure you are all for saving a family members life with one of our devices when the time comes!

  • Donna Marino commented on December 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    This is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to PETA and all who were involved.

  • Tulin commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Stop this cruel testing poor animals.thry need love and care like we do.should be stopped.Hope it does.

  • janey read commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    THANK YOU this is great news and fantastic use of your resources. Without you championing this appalling failure by this body they would have used millions more bodies in their sick de-based toture of suffering mammals. This is why you are there PRET the voice of the mute defender of the meek. xx

  • rebecca commented on December 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Stop!, this is so sly imagen if it was you those poor animals in crying right now leave them alone!!!!!

  • lashes commented on December 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This is completely unnecessary. All animals are sentient beings. They are not our servants. We have no right or reason to torture them. THIS MUST BE STOPPED. GO VEGAN.

  • Dena commented on December 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Utterly barbaric! It must be stopped! Animals feel fear and pain just like hunans!! This is wrong on every level!

  • Dawn lee commented on December 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    This cruelty has to stop, no need to do this to animals, disgusting, I won’t buy beauty products that tests on innocent animals,save the animals don’t buy cosmetics that test on animals

  • Jane Rainey commented on December 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Cruelty to animals must be stopped, this all began when humans did not know much about animals but we have come a long way since then and we know that that animal testing inappropriate and causes these animals pain and suffering. It’s about time scientists thought of a new way to test out new products.

  • marie youngs commented on December 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    When John Lennon sang Imagine, this included animals. There can be no peace within or without until. We put an end to the suffering and exploitation of animals. How simple for even.a child to.understand, why is it so difficult for adults to do the right thing? Please do the right thing now!

  • Alexandra Wood commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Shame on us if we think animal testing is acceptable. We have alternatives to this barbaric, cruel and inhumane testing. This violence against innocent animals must stop!!!

  • Mike commented on December 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Great news, well done PETA!

  • Lenie Keizer commented on December 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Well done PETA. I’m no fan of animal testing, or eating them! Animal testing is so very cruel, wrong and so not of this time anymore!

  • Katrina commented on December 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    There are other ways of testing for medicine and this way is cruel and unethical

  • Mike commented on December 16, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Normal people couldn’t care less about this.

    • Bibi commented on January 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Maybe you are NOT normal

    • Sharon commented on January 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      In other words, you don’t care because men don’t have the mental ability to empathise with others.

  • sachini commented on December 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Thats just total abuse of beautiful creatures i just cant understand how anyone can do this and get away with it .

  • Fay van Dunk commented on December 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    What kind of human being can purposely inflict pain on an animal with out conscience? How can one actually do it?

  • Joffrey commented on December 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Instead of doing tests on these animals, wich have done nothing wrong, we should do test on those who are hurting animals for fun, or who rapes woman etc. Enough criminals in the world to let these animals go free and live THEIR LIFE!

    • Jackie commented on December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      A kindred spirit! I completely agree with you……..

  • mariana buzasi commented on December 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    brutal abnormal,bestial,barn´barbar,,no human!!!

  • John commented on January 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for taking action on this and for getting such a good result. I wonder though how the ECHA escaped sanction or penalty after breaching a legal requirement? No criticism of PETA here at all. I’m just querying to get an understanding of this. Thanks again. Great work

  • Angela Carter commented on January 21, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Humans who torture and kill defenceless beautiful creatures must be psychopaths they lack empathy , remorse. I have seen some barbaric things and think if they can do that do animals they can do it to anyone I think they are really evil and not for this planet.

  • S Glossop commented on March 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    dtop animal abuse

  • Renate Schönegger commented on April 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Stop to jurt and (or) kill animals. The outcome of researching how medikaments work on them is often “nothing” or it leads to the production of medicaments that have many bad side effects sothat they don’t make anybody healthier. Stop it!

  • Gill Turner commented on April 20, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    We need action now too many animals dying and it is not acceptable.

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