Ask Congress to Fund Non-Animal Test Methods
- Ask Congress to Fund Non-Animal Test Methods
Please forward widely and call or fax today!
Source: Doris Day Animal League. Visit them online at: www.ddal.org
ISSUE: It's the time of year when appropriations are being carved out of the U.S. federal budget to include funding for the Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).
Thanks to your letters and phone calls, the ICCVAM became permanent in 2000 when it was authorized by Congress and President Clinton to coordinate the development, validation and acceptance of non-animal tests. That was a giant leap forward in modernizing federal programs to eliminate or reduce the number of animals used for cruel and painful toxicity testing.
Now we need to ask Congress and the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to fund ICCVAM now! Without ICCVAM,
-- Millions of animals would have suffered through the agony of untold new testing in the High Production Volume (HPV) Program for toxic chemicals and
-- The EPA would not have funded $4 million worth of research, development and validation of non-animal tests.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please call or fax the local district offices of your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative. For contact information, go to: www.congress.org
All you need to say is the following:
"The current ICCVAM budget is grossly inadequate for the responsibility it carries. Please direct $3.5 million this year from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' budget to the ICCVAM. Congress and the HIEHS need to begin prioritizing acceptance of non-animal tests now. Animal tests are outdated, unreliable and cruel. Thank you."
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