START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
Aug 29, 2007
Focus: Drugs
Action Request: Various
Location: United States
Throughout the year many of us are approached by health charities
asking us to make a donation - to help save the lives of terminally-
ill children or people born with genetic disorders. What is often
not made apparent however, is that your donations may be funding
animal experiments.

The Leukaemia Foundation is currently conducting their door knock
appeal, and this friday (3rd August) is "Genes 4 Jeans Day" - the
major fundraiser for the Children's Medical Research Institute.
Please be aware that both these organisations fund animal

The Leukaemia Foundation has a policy statement on their website
which confirms that some of their research involves animals, but
that they adhere to strict guidelines and have ethics committee
approval. Please visit our website
( to see how
these guidelines are insufficient. Further information is also
available in our paper titled "The problems with ethics committees."


A booklet on the Genes 4 Genes websites confirms that they have
created a mouse model carrying a gene mutation that causes muscle
disease and that they use mice and chicks as models for human brain

The Australian Association for Humane Research is NOT opposed to
medical research. We are only opposed to the use of animals in
research because it is not an ethical nor scientifically-
method to achieve real medical progress. If you do not support the
use of animals in research we urge you to donate only to those
health charities that are listed on the humane charities list:

Please contact AAHR if you would like a Humane Charities car sticker
to help raise awareness.
Emma Burgess
Humane Charities Coordinator

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Posted: Aug 29, 2007 3:45am
Jun 23, 2006
Focus: Children
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Thursday, June 22, 2006

ALERT UPDATE: The EPA has published a final human chemical testing rule here. Unfortunately, the agency did little to respond to the tens of thousands of citizens opposed to the loopholes in the original proposed rule. The EPA responds to the comments by moving the problematic sections of the proposed document (see below) to other parts of the document. One aspect of the final rule that is positive is that the EPA further articulates that the rule bans all intentional dosing.

Still, the rule has many loopholes (see below) regarding "observational dosing." Observational dosing can have its benefits when conducted via legitmate methods. But, historically, that has not been the practice of chemical companies seeking to weaken regulations on their products by testing on humans.

As an example, the CHEERS study, which was finally dropped by the EPA in early 2005, would have been an "observational study" on low income minorities in Florida. Unfortunately, the study's constructs were such that it could motivate study participants to expose themselves and their children to higher levels of pesticides and chemicals because of the study payout. The same holds true for the current rule, wherein orphanages and institutions housing mentally handicapped children could receive payout to increase everyday chemical use, prior to applying for a payout study. Of course, the EPA does not condone such behavior, but the new rule also does not disallow it, nor does it set up any sort of detailed criteria that would allow the agency or a review board to assess studies on this level.

At this point, the rule is published and official. We, at the OCA, are dissappointed in the EPA for not focusing more on creating stringent standards for observational studies.

It should be noted that this rule doesn't weaken current chemical testing regulations. The problem here is that it does not strengthen regulations, as mandated by Congress in 2005.

The OCA will continue to assemble a body of supporting documentation, as well as Congress and citizen supporters to create more stringent human chemical testing regulations in the coming weeks and months.

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