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Public Comments -- American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals

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stakeholder contact points Marianner@erols.com on 01/07/2000 12:28:36 PM

To: stakeholders@epa.gov
Subject: Public Participation

ATTN: Deborah Dalton
January 7, 1999

Dear Ms. Dalton:

On behalf of the nearly 500,000 members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, I wish to stress how vital participation from the animal protection community is in all matters which involve the potential use of animals in testing or the exposure of animals to dangerous substances in daily life. The ASPCA takes very seriously our obligation to keep our own members and the public at large informed about policies that the federal government may implement which involve animals. I have attended most stakeholders meeting on the HPV progam, and all meetings on the Children's Health Initiative. We receive hundreds of inquiries from the public about these programs.

Without public participation, information gets misconstrued and rumors abound which benefit neither the EPA nor the animal groups. Such has been the case with the HPV program and I predict will sadly be the case with CHI and Endocrine Disrupter if all stakeholders are not kept fully informed and invited to particpate in every facet of designing these programs.

The ASPCA appreciates the opportunity we have been afforded to date to make our animal poison database available to chemical manufacturers as part of the effort to reduce or eliminate the use of animals in the HPV Challenge program. We look forward to more productive dialogue with the Agency and other stakeholders.


Marianne Radziewicz
Associate Director-Federal Legislative Affairs
Tel 202-232-5020
Fax 202-797-8947

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