PCRM Scientist Opposes Animal Testing at OECD Meeting in Tokyo
PCRM scientists are working to stop the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals used in cruel chemical tests, not only in the United States, but also around the globe.
Last month, PCRM’s director of toxicology and research, Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., traveled to Tokyo to attend the 14th annual meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Task Force on Existing Chemicals.
Dr. Sandusky, who serves as a spokesperson for the International Council on Animal Protection in the OECD, advocated for several policies that would reduce the number of animals used in chemical tests internationally and eliminate cruel and pointless tests.
These policies include reducing or eliminating animal experiments involving chemicals with little likelihood of human exposure and expanding the use of “structure activity relationships,” which allow for toxicity information from one chemical test to be extrapolated to similar chemicals.
The OECD’s international testing program, which is very similar to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s High Production Volume Chemical Challenge Screening Program, kills tens of thousands of animals each year in cruel experiments that do not help protect human health or guard the environment against chemical hazards. In these experiments, animals are force-fed industrial chemicals to measure lethal doses. Pregnant animals are also poisoned to determine if the chemicals cause birth defects.
The task force meeting focused on reducing animal experiments in the international testing program. Dr. Sandusky played a crucial role in encouraging the OECD to adopt and expand policies that will greatly reduce or eliminate the use of animals.
While in Japan, Dr. Sandusky also met with representatives of the Japanese Anti-Vivisection Association (JAVA) to review the international testing programs and discuss ways to reduce the numbers of animals killed in medical experiments around the world. Representatives of JAVA accompanied Dr. Sandusky to the meetings.