By: Angela Garrity
PETA announced in a news brief that PETA International Science Group has teamed up with several large tobacco companies that include Imperial Brands, Altria Client Services, British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International to donate equipment for lab testing. The move comes in an effort to replace the use of animals in respiratory testing with more human-relevant, non-animal test methods.
The donation of $110,000 of new equipment went to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit lab in Gaithersburg, that conducts animal-free testing. The equipment will be used in the respiratory toxicology laboratory, which helps companies assess the effects of tobacco, nicotine, and other aerosols on the human respiratory tract. Results from these tests will also help to show regulatory agencies, such as the FDA, that non-animal methods are accurate and effective and can be used instead of tests on animals.
Read the full announcement here.