Victory! DOT Promotes Non-Animal Tests

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Posted January 27, 2011 by peta2 staff

Yahooooooey, we’ve got another victory in the hizzy!

In response to pressure from PETA and thousands of our supporters, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has just issued a new rule promoting the use of non-animal testing methods to replace the use of rabbits in cruel skin corrosion tests.

Almost 20 years ago—also in response to PETA pressure—the DOT approved the use of the non-animal Corrositex® tests to replace the use of rabbits in painful skin corrosion tests. (The DOT requires companies to test chemicals for corrosivity before they are transported.) But rather than promote the kinder test, the DOT required companies to jump through hoops to avoid the animal test and actually told some companies to conduct both the rabbit and the non-animal test and to use whichever results they preferred! All this, even though the agency acknowledged that Corrositex® results are more precise than the results of the rabbit test!

Now, thanks to a PETA rulemaking petition and all of you who spoke out against this cruel practice, the DOT will promote and encourage Corrositex® and other non-animal testing methods, thus saving the lives of countless rabbits.

Skin corrosion tests are a one-way street to pain and suffering and are as terrifying as they sound: Experimenters apply corrosive chemicals to the shaved backs of rabbits for up to two weeks before the animals are killed. The chemicals often cause severe burns, and the animals are given no pain relief.

And because the non-animal methods that use human skin models are more reliable than the rabbit tests, the DOT’s new regulation will improve protections for humans as well, thus proving once again that good science and humane science do go hand in hand (or paw in paw, as the case may be).

P.S. While we’re super stoked about this victory, we still need to pressure the DOT to update its website, so please stay tuned in case we need your help again!



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  • 1646 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    the reason you didn’t know is because they hide it and cover it up because they know it is wrong to do this and if everyone knew they would be forced to make the switch, which is why I am so thankful and grateful to have an amazing thing like Peta to know whats going on and put the pressure on terrible places like this! Way to go Peta, victory after glorious victory, lets keep it up! I’m right behind you!

  • 1647 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    That is so cool that they stop that!!!!! WOW FINALLY THEY STOP THAT. i am so proud that they stop using animal testing on their product. :) :) :) :) ^_^ ^_^ :) :) XD XD XD XD XD

    VICOTY YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1648 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Thank goodness, I didn’t even know. But using rabbits is horrifying.

  • 1649 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Yahooo!!!!! Its about time<333333 Victoryyy for us, and bunnies!

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