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Agency To Conduct More Animal Tests to Determine Why Previous Animal Tests Didn’t Apply To Humans

Agency To Conduct More Animal Tests to Determine Why Previous Animal Tests Didn’t Apply To Humans

Wrap your brain around this: The National Toxicology Program (NTP)—a government agency—plans to conduct animal tests on soy formula to figure out why the effects of previous animal tests aren’t being seen in human babies.

Yes, you read that right: A federal agency wants to conduct new animal tests on soy formula, which has been safely given to millions of babies for more than 60 years, because earlier tests on an ingredient in soy formula—genistein—caused some adverse developmental effects in rodents, who metabolize genistein differently than humans do.

Why does this come as a big shock to them?. There are vast physiological differences between people and animals. Meaningful scientific conclusions just can’t be drawn about one species by studying another. Aspirin kills cats and penicillin kills guinea pigs, yet both are considered safe for humans. Arsenic, strychnine, potassium cyanide, and other chemicals which can kill humans, are harmless to certain animals. And let’s not forget about Thalidomide, a drug which was thoroughly tested on animals and determined safe, yet caused birth defects in thousands of children.

All these examples and more, yet, apparently, NTP “experts” can’t figure out why human babies don’t experience the same effects from soy formula as mice and rats do. If the NTP goes through with its inane plan, baby animals will likely be force-fed components of soy formula and then either killed so that their sexual organs can be examined, or kept alive just long enough for their reproductive functions to be evaluated.

The tests will do nothing to make soy infant formula any safer for baby humans than it already is, and they certainly won’t make it any safer for mice and rats, who don’t normally ingest soy formula in the first place.

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer breast milk or formula. The whole plan is just completely illogical, not to mention inhumane.  But it’s business as usual for the NTP, which has proposed to tests everything from green tea and herbal supplements valerian and dong quai to known dangerous substances, including asbestos and benzene, on animals 

This is your tax dollars at work, my friends.

On Monday, May 10, a regulatory testing expert from PETA will meet with NTP’s Board of Scientific Counselors to (politely) point out the many flaws in the plan. But the NTP needs to hear from the general public too. If you want to let them know that you don’t want your tax dollars spent on asinine animal experiments, personalize and send this message to NTP Director Linda S. Birnbaum.

To find out how else you can help put a stop to the cruel and irrelevant animal tests performed by the U.S. government, see   



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6:14PM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

They test all these things on animals and claim they are safe for humans.(Now explain that to me.Oh yeah,you're right,my physiology and inner workings are EXACTLY the same as rats, mice,rabbits dogs,etc.) Yet every month,if not every week I see another warning,about a drug that was claimed to be the new wonder drug,but oh,we're sorry,this may cause liver failure stroke,death, OOPS! And does drain opener really need to be poured into a rabbits eyes, to see what damage it will do?? I use all natural cleaning products and buy my cosmetics ,shampoo,lotion,laundry products,etc. from cruelty free companies.I refuse to be part of that cycle. Human beings disgust me!

7:19PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

It makes no sense to do animal testing at all. Animals are going to react differently to products given to them. Um, hello? The products were made for HUMANS. I would love to see the dog/cat food companies use humans to test dog/cat food!

8:12AM PDT on May 29, 2010


11:10AM PDT on May 25, 2010

I just don't want to think about it. Of all the idiotic ideas.

5:19PM PDT on May 24, 2010

it is evil sadism after all humans know they are not animals so why do they suddenly pretend to be in such connections?

7:53AM PDT on May 24, 2010

Animal testing should stop now! It is harmful to people as well as the animals. PETA is harmful to animals too:

6:54AM PDT on May 24, 2010

My Lord, to do this testing on animals again. Are they crazy? Yep

I think there is already enough data from previous testing to get the facts and figures.

It seems our hard earned $$$ is just keeping a few employed, nothing more. Same as cancer research. They have the cures years ago. They get no more money from me

Ever see their offices in Toronto? and it is supposed to be non profit

Oh don't get me started. Sorry got off track I am so upset

We need to take better care of our animals not make them sicker to find out things they already know. Grrrrrrr

12:45AM PDT on May 24, 2010

This is cruel & uncalled for. If there's nothing wrong with something then don't fix it.
Cruelty knows no bounds.

8:35PM PDT on May 21, 2010

Il faudrait faire ces expérience sur des condamné a mort, de toute façons il ne risque plus rien. Je suis sur qu'ils prendrait des gants pour ne pas les faire souffrir eux....

1:03AM PDT on May 19, 2010

Just how stupid can you get...? Apparently VERY... Petition signed.

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