The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) is currently soliciting comments and relevant information with regard to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.
As people dedicated to fair and judicious application of ethical standards in science, we ask the OSTP to take a progressive stance in removing any requirements for frivolous animal feed testing in the process of approving genetically modified foods.
We must seize this opportunity to draw attention to the plight of animals used in feeding trials for the commercial approval of genetically modified crops. Often these tests offer nothing of value in exchange for the suffering of animals. Therefore this is unethical by any objective scientific standard. There is a danger that such frivolous tests may increase or become standard. This will result in the death of untold numbers of living, breathing, sentient animals for nothing but quelling irrational fears.
Consider the 2013 systematic review by Andrew Bartholomaeus (et al), which concludes that animal toxicity studies using whole foods are “unnecessary and scientifically unjustifiable.”
Furthermore, in a separate 2013 review of pertinent literature, Kuiper (et al) conclude: “Such routine testing should not be required since, due to apparent weaknesses in the approach, it does not add to current risk assessment of GM foods.”