EPA to “aggressively reduce animal testing” and fund alternative methods

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to reduce animal testing and has pledged $4 million to research alternative methods.

Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a directive to prioritize efforts to reduce animal testing.

They will use five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies.

Wheeler said:

“Today’s memo directs the agency to aggressively reduce animal testing, including reducing mammal study requests and funding 30% by 2025 and completely eliminating them by 2035.
“We are also awarding $4.25 million to advance the research and development of alternative test methods for evaluating the safety of chemicals that will minimize, and hopefully eliminate, the need for animal testing.”

The five universities who will look at alternative methods are Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Oregon State University and University of California Riverside.

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