Lethal Laws

Animal Testing, Human Health and Environmental Policy

Alix Fano

Description

For the last 150 years, industrial, agricultural and household chemicals have been tested on animals for the alleged purpose of protecting the public from their dangerous effects. Through a meticulous analysis of the technical and scientific problems that have plagued animal tests for decades, this book reveals that using animals as human surrogates is not only unethical, it is bad science.
For the last 150 years, chemicals have been tested on animals for the alleged purpose of protecting the public from their dangerous effects. Lethal Laws reveals that using animals as human surrogates is not only unethical, it is bad science. Alix Fano provides a meticulous analysis of the technical and scientific problems that have plagued animal tests for decades, but which have not been forcefully challenged until now. She shows how animal testing has been used as an alibi to allow the continued use of thousands of toxic chemicals.

In a field dominated by male voices, this is a pioneering work by a woman that effectively demonstrates the causal link between animal testing and environmental degradation, and the subsequent deterioration of human health.

Author Bio

Alix Fano is a New York-based freelance writer and activist who, for the past ten years, has written about health, animal advocacy, and environmental issues, having had opinion pieces published in The New York Times and other US-based newspapers and magazines. Formerly the Media Director for the London-based group Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine, she is currently Coordinator for the Medical Research Modernization Committee in New York City. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. Fatal connection: cancer and animal testing
  • 2. The number game: how animal-based toxicological risk assessment works
  • 3. For the public good? Debunking the animal testing myth
  • 4. Human health at risk
  • 5. Toxicological testing without using animals
  • 6. Reclaiming our health and our humanity: strategies for change
  • Index

Reviews

'Ms Fano has broken new ground, specifically on the question of the use of animals in toxicological testing of chemicals. Her book may prove to be the best intellectual treatise for the critical position she puts forward.'
Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University

'Lethal Laws is cogently argued and well researched. Ms Fano's analysis is a must read for anyone involved in environmental policy or public health.'
Andrew Kimbrell, International Center for Technology Assessment

'It is the accumulation of millions of "safe doses" of the chemicals we are exposed to that is one of the main causes of many diseases, including cancer. But is it possible to establish really safe doses for these chemicals? The answer is no. What we must do is use far less chemicals. This is the thesis of Alix Fano's new book, and it is very convincingly argued.'
Edward Goldsmith

Details

Publication Date: 1 May 1997
242 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781856494984
Library Edition: 9781856494977

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