Act Now to Save Millions of Animals From Painful Poisoning Tests

In 2007, the European Union introduced the "REACH" regulation to provide for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals — more than 30,000 of them.

REACH requires a long list of animal tests, which means horrific suffering from chemical poisoning and death for millions of rabbits, mice and other creatures. But REACH also requires the use of animal testing alternatives where available, including measures to revise the regulation itself to reflect scientific progress on alternatives.

In April 2012, HSI submitted a comprehensive proposal to the European Commission calling for major changes to REACH testing requirements to spare millions of animals while providing the same level of regulatory scrutiny of chemicals.

We’re still waiting… and every day the Commission delays, more animals suffer and die needlessly.


Sign our petition

Please sign our petition to the European Commission today and join HSI in calling for immediate action to revise REACH to make full use of animal testing alternatives. We'll hand in your signatures to Commissioners Potocnik and Tijani. Click "Submit" when finished.

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Your Message:

Please update the REACH data requirements without delay.

Dear Commissioners Potocnik and Tijani,

The REACH chemicals regulation states that animal testing should only take place as "a last resort" and yet the Commission has delayed essential changes to the test requirements that could substantially reduce animal use in line with the more recently agreed EU regulations.

Please show that you are prepared to act according to your promises by implementing the changes proposed by Humane Society International without delay. You have opportunities to update requirements on acute toxicity and a raft of other painful tests. The changes proposed by HSI will save countless animals from unimaginable suffering while providing the same level of regulatory scrutiny of chemicals. These changes have already been accepted through the EU's biocides regulation, so there is simply no excuse for any further delay.