Last
year, thanks to several thousand e-mails from PETA supporters and members, the
Department of Transportation (DOT) recommended that companies that ship
chemicals conduct the required skin corrosion tests without hurting and killing rabbits. Now, thanks to another huge
effort, DOT has at last updated its website to reflect this change.


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A Victory That Was Years in the Making

Almost
20 years ago, in response to a PETA campaign, DOT approved the use of
non-animal testing methods, but the agency made it difficult for companies to
get the results of those tests accepted.

Then
last year, after PETA filed a rulemaking petition and thousands of animal
advocates asked DOT to support it, the agency agreed to encourage and promote non-animal corrosion tests,
although its website
and guidance documents still promoted the rabbit test and even suggested that
companies use both the animal and non-animal methods and choose the results that
they preferred! But that all changed this week, following additional PETA
complaints and a letter to
the DOT inspector general
, when DOT
finally scrubbed its site of any reference to the rabbit test and issued new guidance highlighting the three non-animal corrosion test methods.

We agree with PETA that non-live animal testing should be used where available and encourage
shippers to use the in vitro test
methods to determine the classification of a material as corrosive and
assignment of a packing group.

We responded by
sending the DOT official a box of vegan chocolate rabbits as a thank-you on
behalf of rabbits everywhere.

What You Can Do

Victories
like this wouldn’t be possible without the help of PETA members and supporters
like you. Please check out the other PETA campaigns that need your action now.

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Article source: PETA Files

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