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CDC Is Torturing Animals to Study Vaping | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

February 11, 2020
Deadly smokescreen: Beagles and other animals have long been used in cruel tests to study the effects of smoking, though evidence indicates that such studies lack relevance to human health. In addition, a growing number of biotech companies now offer customizable models that have proven to be more human-predictive in inhalation testing. (Photo credit: PETA)

Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research: In response to the public health crisis involving e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made the dire decision to use animals to study the role of vitamin E acetate and other potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarettes. This decision is totally out of step with the current trend to reduce and eventually eliminate animal testing in regulatory toxicology studies. Decades of studies have shown that significant differences in the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract of humans and other animals make animal tests unfit for studying human pathologies. Animal testing is so unreliable that in 2018 the U.S. National Toxicology Program released a “Strategic Roadmap” advising regulatory agencies to “provide more human-relevant toxicology data while reducing the use of animals.” Currently, the CDC has numerous options for studying vaping without animals, including in vitro assays, in silico approaches, computational chemistry and a range of sophisticated tissue models that include 3D organoids and organs-on-chips. 
>>>Urge the CDC to use only non-animal alternatives to study vaping risks.

Environmental Working Group: Recent tests by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Working Group have found asbestos—a known carcinogen—in cosmetics made with talc. Geologically, talc and asbestos can be formed from the same parent rock. Cosmetics companies have known for decades that cosmetics made with talc can contain asbestos. But under pressure from industry, the FDA has for decades allowed voluntary testing methods that are too weak to reliably detect asbestos fibers in cosmetics. To make matters worse, companies have also been able to hide the results of their asbestos tests from the FDA. More than 2,000 cosmetics and personal care products have been found to contain talc, including more than 1,000 loose or pressed powders that could be inhaled. Small amounts of inhaled asbestos can cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases, even many years after exposure.
>>>Urge the FDA to require the cosmetic industry to use the most sensitive state-of-the-art methods to test for asbestos in cosmetics—and make testing results available to the public.

Ocean Lifeline: How many times have you used your own utensils for take-out or delivered food and the plastic cutlery in the bag just gets thrown in a drawer, recycled or tossed in the trash? Hundreds of fast-food restaurants across the country include single-use plastic cutlery in take-out plastic bags—without asking the customer if they need it. A 2015 study by Ocean Conservancy scientists and their partners found that plastic cutlery is among the most dangerous to ocean animals, such as seabirds and turtles, especially as they break up into smaller to microplastics, which have been found not only in marine environments but also Arctic snow and even human stool. Single-use utensils can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. And most plastic utensils are made of polystyrene, which can release toxic chemicals when heated.
>>>Urge McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Sonic Drive-In and Whataburger to stop including single use plastic cutlery in every fast food take out bag.

Cause for concern…

In a jam: State-level efforts to become carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner could be thwarted by increasing emissions from the transportation sector, the biggest source of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests. “This projection of relentless climate pollution is nothing short of terrifying,” the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement. “With Trump officials crippling emissions rules, climate-friendly lawmakers must build support for truly bold policies that avert the bleak future predicted by the EIA. We need much stronger measures.” (Photo credit: Eric Demarcq/Flickr)
Dollars and sense: As investors increasingly avoid unethical, unhealthy and polluting industries, markets are responding with new investment vehicles like the US Vegan Climate ETF, an animal- and environment-friendly exchange-traded fund (ETF). (Photo credit: thetaxhaven/Flickr)

Round of applause…

Parting thought…

The feelies: Internet star and ambassador for animals Esther the Wonder Pig was adopted by a Toronto couple who was told she was a so-called “mini-pig” (actually, no such animal exists). Esther is a commercially bred sow who now weighs nearly 700 pounds. After learning about factory farming and deciding to go vegan, Esther’s dads Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals)

“Most of us realize as children that animals are sentient beings. But then, somehow, for so many people, this truth gets overwritten—by schools teaching old theories, by agribusiness that wants us to treat animals like products, by the pharmaceutical and medical industries who want to test products on animals as if they were little more than petri dishes. But thankfully, scientific and evolutionary evidence for animal sentience has grown too obvious to ignore.” —Sy Montgomery

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