Actress Edie Falco on Tuesday pushed for Congress to strengthen animal testing regulations alongside scientists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
"I’m a longtime animal lover, advocate. I will take any opportunity to speak out for animals who are abused or tortured in laboratories," Falco said during a virtual briefing to congressional offices.
The animal rights group has been pushing for the "Research Modernization Deal," arguing that other research methods can replace animals. About 95 percent of new drugs that are shown to be safe and effective on animals in laboratories fail in human clinical trials, the group said.
PETA is calling for the majority of publicly funded medical research to be conducted using animal-free methods and eliminate animal testing where they have been shown to be bad models for humans.
"The experiments are unbelievably cruel, I don't think anyone can dispute that, but it adds insult to injury when you learn that they don't amount to anything even remotely resembling scientific progress," Falco said.
"It is clear that the government agencies that conduct and fund this terror on animals are not taking the necessary steps on their own to see to it that this injustice is corrected, and this is even when provided a framework with which to do this," she said.
The group is also pushing for federal health agencies to work with other countries to promote non-animal testing strategies.
PETA's continued push comes as animal experimentation issues have recently gained attention from conservatives and some Democrats.
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