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In an effort to push nanotechnology toward the future—rather than leaving the new field to rely on archaic animal experiments—PETA is offering recommendations to various government agencies in order to initiate a dialogue and gain seats on important advisory committees. Dr. Samantha Dozier, PETA's nanotechnology policy advisor, has just weighed in on the National Nanotechnology Initiative's (NNI) recently published Environmental, Health, and Safety Needs for Engineered Nanomaterials through the public comment process.
"The agencies involved in the field of nanotechnology should learn from the failure rate of animal tests in the field of drug discovery—92 percent of all drugs that pass animal trials fail in human trials," says Dr. Dozier. "The technologies for human-relevant assays are now available and should be used instead of relying on antiquated and cruel animal experiments."
Dr. Dozier has presented research and toxicity testing recommendations to several government agencies over the past year, including the Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, the National Toxicology Program, the Food and Drug Administration, the European Commission, and U.K. agencies charged with instituting testing requirements for nanomaterials. In addition, Dr. Dozier sits on a technical advisory group responsible for setting U.S. governmental nanotechnology standards.
To read Dr. Dozier's latest comments to the NNI, click
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 1.6 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
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