EPA administrator receives PETA research grant

For preventing countless animals from being used in chemical tests, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is being honored by the creation of the Pat C. Wheeler Scholarship--a tribute to his late mother, a lifelong advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.

This first-of-its-kind PETA research grant will support scientists seeking to develop effective methods for testing chemicals without harming animals.

The $5,000 award is being presented to U.K.-based testing laboratory XCellR8, an entirely animal-free facility that conducts tests for companies to meet the requirements of the EPA and other regulatory agencies around the world.

Wheeler's team of scientists at the EPA and PETA scientists have been working to move the EPA toward reliable, non-animal testing methods that protect humans and the environment. Under Wheeler's leadership, the EPA announced that it would end its reliance on toxicity tests on mammals--and has since taken steps to do just that.

In the face of flawed reliance on unreliable animal tests, Andrew Wheeler took action,PETA's grant honors the administrator and his team for pioneering a shift toward superior, non-animal testing approaches--and enables scientists to bring them to fruition."

Dr. Amy Clippinger, Director of Regulatory Testing Department, PETA

"My mother was a supporter of the ethical treatment of animals all her life, so this scholarship is special for me and my family," says Wheeler. "Scientific advances in cell-based testing and computation methods are now at a point that it's no longer necessary, or even useful, to use animals in toxicity tests. I'm happy to be in a position to lead EPA in this direction."

"The XCellR8 team works tirelessly to develop and implement animal-free testing strategies, supporting global industry requirements for regulatory toxicity testing," says Dr. Carol Treasure, founder and CEO of XCellR8.

"We're truly honoured to have our hard work recognised with the first ever Pat C. Wheeler Scholarship and the award will be used towards our mission to accelerate the world's transition to 100% animal-free testing."


  1. Lucy Post Lucy Post United States says:

    Bravo to Mr. Wheeler for leading the EPA out of the dark ages! Experimenting on animals is not only cruel, it's misleading and extremely wasteful.

  2. Kim Marie Kim Marie United States says:

    I'm elated to learn that the EPA is against testing on animals. It's 2020: Our scientific research should reflect that by relying on innovative and modern technology.

  3. Michelle Kretzer Michelle Kretzer United States says:

    Love this. Experiments on animals don't work and there's no reason to keep doing them.

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