In an era defined by scientific and technological innovation, testing drugs on dogs, rats, monkeys and other animals is not only becoming increasingly outdated but causes immense animal suffering. Despite publicly indicating a commitment to non-animal test methods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulations and guidance documents for pharmaceutical companies are unclear and continue to emphasize the use of animals for drug testing. There is evidence that some companies believe testing on animals is legally required as part of the drug approval process.

That’s why we’ve filed a petition with the FDA today, requesting that the agency take a series of steps to make it plain and clear that animal testing isn’t legally required for drug approval and that the agency encourage companies to use non-animal methods when available. The FDA is legally required to consider and respond to our petition.