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.
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.
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