Success! ECHA Responds to Our Letter, Promises to Do More to Reduce Animal Tests

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Remember when 24,000 compassionate Europeans signed our open letter to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) asking officials to do their job and put a stop to senseless experiments on animals?

Baby Guinea PigToday, we’re pleased to let you know that we’ve just received a reply from ECHA informing us that it’s taken our demands on board.

The agency also put a statement on its website detailing how it’s going to check that companies do all that they can to avoid testing on animals and will inform the authorities of any potential breach of the law which insists that alternative methods to animals be used wherever possible. ECHA also promised to guide companies towards the many humane non-animal test methods that can be relied on to demonstrate the impact of chemicals on human beings and the environment.

ECHA is committing to change – proof that our actions are making a difference!

Many people have no idea that hundreds of thousands of animals are being poisoned as part of the European Union’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Assessment and Restriction of Chemicals) programme or that some companies are apparently breaking the rules which state that animals cannot be used when alternative testing methods exist.

As we pointed out in our letter, despite clear legislation stating that testing on animals must be undertaken only as “a last resort”, ECHA has had a poor track record of holding companies accountable. In response to PETA’s official complaint about avoidable animal testing, the European Ombudsman determined that ECHA has not been fully applying its authority to minimise animal experiments and should do so.

It looks like that could be about to change. Now that ECHA is taking this matter seriously and pulling its socks up, tens of thousands of animals could be spared from being used in agonising experiments. Instead, companies will be compelled to use reliable, humane, non-animal methods to test chemicals – as the law requires. PETA’s scientists will keep a watchful eye on ECHA to ensure that it delivers on its promise.

Thank you to everyone who signed the open letter. To be part of more victories for animals, please join PETA’s Action Team today.

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Comments

  • Stephanie Bustamante commented on June 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Why when there are so many other options would we choose to harm our most innocent?

  • Kimberly C Gentry commented on June 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Stop the animal testing.

  • Lisa Lammon commented on June 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    OF COURSE WE WANT THIS>> THE WORLD WANTS THIS..

  • shirley Marlice finster commented on June 18, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    We use the planet and animals like they are put here for our enjoyment only-to use and discard at whatever rate and manner we see fit. We are depleting the planet and causing immeasurable pain and harm (needlessly) to animals-because we feel entitled-to behave like a spoiled only child in Daddy Warbuck’s toy store.

  • Dawn Palmer commented on June 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    It’s needless cruelty & outdated which has been proven!

  • Julie Pawsey-Zgraja commented on June 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Brilliant news! Well done and thank you PETA xx

  • manja dührkopf commented on June 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Stop it

  • Susan Howard commented on June 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    its animal abuse and so very cruel

  • Rita Kempson commented on June 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Let’s hope they keep their promises.

  • Chloe commented on June 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Don’t kill these innocent animals!

  • Sue balemans commented on June 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    totally discusted in the human race.

  • Paul Strutt commented on June 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Animals are not commodities. We can’t just use them then throw them away!

  • Ann Stavig commented on June 18, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Please stop all animal testing now!

  • Sharon Patterson commented on June 19, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Have a heart for God sakes!!!!!

  • Elizabeth Shanahan commented on June 19, 2015 at 3:43 am

    After hunreds of years of repetitive tests surely you know the answers

  • connie eckels commented on June 19, 2015 at 6:07 am

    enough is enough

  • connie eckels commented on June 19, 2015 at 6:07 am

    no more

  • julia moore commented on June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Disgusting cruelty needs to stop now

  • Lori Ugolik commented on June 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Stop the poisoning and animal testing , when there are so many humane alternatives

  • Henry commented on June 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Il y a d’autres façon de faire de l’expérimentation avec des cellules souches mais bien sûr c’est plus facile et moins chère de torturée des animaux pfff

  • Tanya commented on June 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Any person who supports and trys to justify this barbaric and cruel treatment of defenceless living beings has lost their humanity and is not going to contribute in a positive way to society, nothing based on the suffering of others is moral.

  • turaj commented on June 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    stop animal cruelty

  • Chevrier Michèle commented on July 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    il y a une belle avancée, il est certain qu’il faudra les contrôler régulièrement afin qu’ils respecte leur engagement.

  • Robert HALL commented on July 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I struggle to accept that the testing of animals is justifiable so that humankind can benefit in medical terms.
    I certainly don’t want unnecessary testing, for example, to improve cosmetics. I think it would be an excellent idea if people stopped using cosmetics and accepted their natural appearance.
    In all cases i would reject the idea that any cruelty to animals was acceptable or necessary.

  • Kimball Mathews commented on July 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    STOP THE MADNESS!!!!

  • Derek Buxton commented on July 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    The human being is the worst animal, who the hell gave us the right to do this to animals. If God gave me the power, I would wipe out all people who are cruel or use animals for profit

  • rosa maria commented on July 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    there are no circumstances that justify animal cruelty¡¡¡
    NEVER

  • GABRIELA VARGAS MARTÍNEZ commented on July 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    ESTOY CONTENTA AL SABER QUE DISMINUYÓ LA EXPERIMENTACIÓN EN ANIMALES, PERO ES INDISPENSABLE QUE DE HOY EN ADELANTE SE ACABE TOTAL Y ABSOLUTAMENTE LA EXPERIMENTACIÓN, YA QUE EN LA MAYORÍA DE LOS CASOS NO SE JUSTIFICA Y ES INNECESARIA. ADEMÁS, UN PUNTO MUY IMPORTANTE, ES QUE UTILIZAN PARALIZANTES Y NO ANESTESIA. ESTO DEBE QUEDAR ABSOLUTAMENTE PROHIBIDO; DEBEN FORZOSAMENTE UTILIZAR ANESTESIA.

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