Animal activists were heartened in late 1999
when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to public
pressure, called for several positive changes in its High Production
Volume (HPV) testing program. Sadly, the first few test plans submitted to
the EPA under this program do not comply with these changes. Perhaps the
most egregious is the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) plan to kill
thousands of animals in a series of patently unnecessary toxicity tests of
butane, propane, and coal dust. By API’s own admission, these chemicals
are already well-characterized, and butane and propane are known to be
relatively nontoxic. Yet the API’s plan includes a call for acute toxicity
tests, in which animals will be poisoned with huge levels of these
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please tell API not to subject more animals to senseless
tests on these already well-characterized substances. More animal
experimentation will not provide any meaningful information!
Red Cavaney, President
The American Petroleum Institute
1220 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
fax: 202- 682-8110
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