Animal Testing & The European Parliament
19 November 2006
TO: All People Who Care and are European Citizens
My name is Tony Gallett. I am 44 years old and live in Nottingham.
I am posting this message because I care about Animals and
am reminding you to take action to help laboratory animals and
all of us at a critical time.
I am concerned about the proposal called REACH in the present
European Chemical Testing Policy. As you may know, REACH
stands for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of
CHemicals. This new EU chemicals policy was initiated because
of concerns about the possible unknown risks of existing chemicals
(those used or marketed prior to 1981) to human health and the
environment. Before 1981 there was no obligation on manufacturers
to test chemicals in order to classify and label them before putting
them on the market.
Experts estimate that millions more animals will be subjected to
toxicology testing across the EU once it becomes law - unless the
proposal is changed now. Chemicals of every imaginable kind - from
those used in industrial processes to the ingredients of consumer
products - will be tested on animals from mice to fish to dogs,
causing untold suffering. It is even thought that new laboratories
and testing centres may have to be built to handle the work.
Still worse, because of this reliance on outdated animal techniques,
reliable and relevant information will not be provided and our safety
will not be assured.
REACH is inhumane, unethical and a huge waste of resources.
All these chemicals will have to be retested again one day anyway
when more scientific methods become available. This is what the
EU Parliament should be spending its money and time on - not
outdated Animal Testing.
REACH is currently being discussed in the European Parliament
with vital decisions being made now! If like me you think it is
cruel and unreasonable to use the more barbaric and extreme
animal tests to test over 30,000 chemicals that have been used
by the general public for over twenty-five years, instead of
investing in more humane and dependable alternatives, then
please act now before it is too late.
To send an online postcard to the UK Government please visit the
BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) website at
www.BUAV.org. (Select Campaigns, Chemical Testing, Get Active
then Contact the Government).
If you are a European citizen not from the UK please contact your
own government and ask for more reliance on Alternative Testing
in the REACH proposal.
Please tell your colleagues and friends about REACH. Everyone can
help and you can make a difference.