Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA

The Independent Science News website recently published an excellent article entitled ‘Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA‘. The article is refreshingly long (for a website) and deserves widespread coverage.

At the time of this post, there were three comments related to the article and below is an extract from each one:

This is such an important article!

This is an excellent articulation of the set of issues that plague not only the regulation of chemicals but also of many other regulatory structures.

“Unsafe at any dose …” is undoubtedly the best article I’ve ever read so far as unveiling the illusion of environmental protection projected and protected by EPA and the regulated community.

For anyone interested in the safety of chemicals the article is a must-read.


Rabbits Rescued from Laboratory Experiments Take First Steps of Freedom

Artificial Meat

In Defence of Animals recently posted an online action demanding ‘Canada change its restrictive anti-“veggie meat” regulation’. The action made me wonder whether the UK or the EU has similar requirements for simulated meat to be tested on animals. Based on a quick search, I could not find the answer so I contacted an animal charity in the hope of finding answer. This is the charity’s reply:

Thank you for your email. With regard to artificial meat, all of the ingredients would be animal tested if they’re either new to the market or existing ingredients which are not considered to have enough data on them already available. We are not sure, however, whether the final ‘simulated meat’ product would also need to be animal tested. The only way the product might avoid animal testing altogether is if all ingredients had sufficient safety data already available, but that is unfortunately unlikely.

Say “No” to Ice Bucket Challenge

Below is an article, from the Victims of Charity website by Animal Aid, that I thought well worth sharing.

Huge sums of money have been donated in recent weeks to motor neurone disease charities through the ice bucket challenge craze. Animal Aid is urging people to resist enriching these charities by dowsing themselves in iced water or challenging others to do so.

Instead, we are challenging the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the main beneficiary of the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket phenomenon in this country, to stop funding cruelly invasive animal tests. Such tests include those using genetically modified mice bred to suffer severe motor impairment and muscle weakness.

Experiments using GM mice and other animals can in no way adequately replicate the complexities of ALS in humans, which are significantly affected by specific genetic traits, such as those relating to ethnic and geographic variables.

GM mouse experiments have been criticised in the scientific literature for the ‘poor correlation’ between data generated in labs from animal ‘models’ and the clinical reality. That so many drugs have ‘succeeded’ in animal tests but have gone on to fail in human clinical trials is evidence that a more rational research strategy is long overdue.

The devastating effects of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, which are almost entirely unique to humans, can be tackled – on the research front – only by cutting-edge, human based technologies and studies. It is these that are directly relevant to patients.

An effective way to register your opposition to vivisection is by backing our campaign against research charities that fund it. Please see our database of charities that do and don’t fund animal research, or order a free pocket guide to medical research charities by emailing isobel@animalaid.co.uk.


Beagle Freedom Project – Second Rescue

The video below, from the US based Beagle Freedom Project (a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education, ARME), is almost two years old but still well worth sharing.