Antidote is currently funding a unique UK study on the effects of pesticides
and pesticide mixtures on human health. The aim is to promote good science
and get rid of animal tests. The regulatory authorities require pesticide
chemicals to be tested on a rodent and a non-rodent species (Biocides directive
98/8/EC), which invariably means rats and dogs.
Not only are these tests extremely cruel, but the results they yield are
meaningless for human health. Another major issue ignored until very recently
by the regulatory authorities is the effect of mixtures of pesticides on
human health. Animal toxicity experiments are designed to test one chemical
at a time. Animal studies would not be able to cope with chemical mixtures.
According to toxicopathologist Dr Vyvyan Howard, in order to test the 1,000
most common chemicals in unique combinations of three, we would need to
conduct 166 million animal experiments. That simply isn't feasible, and
even it it was, the results would not be relevant to humans.
Hence the rationale for applying toxicogenomics (the study of how genes
respond to a toxic agent) and human cell lines. Using human cells means
the study is relevant to humans, and using toxicogenomics yields results
in 24-48 hours. Animal toxicity tests typically last 90 days. Toxicogenomics
is also ideally suited to chemical mixtures because hundreds of tests can
be carried out simultaneously on minituarised DNA slides.
We expect the study to be completed within about six months' time, after
which it will be submitted to a peer-reviewed scientific journal for publication.
Once that is achieved, we will press release our results to the media and
also inform the EU regulatory authorities.
This study has used up more funds than were earmarked for it, which is why
we are asking for donations to keep us going until the study is published,
which will hopefully draw international attention to Antidote's important
work in the field of human health.
To make a donation to help this important project please click on:
Click on the PayPal symbol ("faire un don") at the bottom of the
page. Once the new window appears, change "France" to "Royaume
Uni" (UK) and all the instructions will appear in English.
Dusk 'til Dawn
An Insider's View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement