Dept of Transportation to Stop Burning Rabbits in Chemical Tests: Comments
due by October 25, 2010.
COMMENT TODAY AND FORWARD WIDELY
to test corrosive chemicals before they are transported, the Department
of Transportation (DOT) still allows rabbits' backs to be shaved and corrosive
chemicals applied to their raw skin and left there for up to two weeks.
These chemicals often burn the skin, leading to tissue damage. Rabbits are
given no pain relief during this excruciating test, and after the test is
finished, the animals are killed.
18 years ago, the DOT agreed to let companies start using the non-animal
test Corrositex®. Although Corrositex® provides accurate information,
the agency is still telling companies to use the rabbit test!
repeated efforts by PETA to simplify the procedures for companies to use
Corrositex®, DOT is currently asking for comments on this issue.
take a moment to insist that the DOT take the simple steps of improving
access to the Corrositex® test and adopting non-animal methods into
its regulations. To file your comments, you must tell the DOT that it must
do the following:
internationally approved non-animal skin corrosion tests
* Update its website immediately and simplify procedures for companies to
use the non-animal corrosion tests
comments must be submitted by October 25, and please make sure that your
comments are POLITE, as they will become part of the official docket. Please
submit your comments here: