April 24, 2000The WWF spearheads a joint letter to U.S. senators and representatives challenging PETAs opposition to the EPAs massive animal-testing program known as the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. (Click here to read the letter.) (PDF Format)
2000The WWFs European Toxics Program pushes for numerous suspected substances to be tested for hormonal effects using a two-generation reproduction toxicity study, which kills more than 2,500 animals per chemical tested. (Click here to read the WWFs comments.) (PDF Format)
March 6, 2001PETA writes to the president of the WWF-US to outline our concerns about animal testing and to urge the WWF to sign onto a statement calling for more funding for non-animal test method development and the use of only scientifically validated test methods. (Click here to read PETAs letter, statement, and background paper.) (PDF Format)
April 5, 2001The head of the WWFs Global Toxics Program responds to PETAs letter but refuses to endorse our statement, claiming, Until we can come up with a better alternative, we sometimes have little choice but to test chemicals on laboratory animals. (Click here to read the WWFs letter.) (PDF Format)
December 27, 2001PETA launches MeanGreenies.com and gives the WWF a grade of F on its report card of environmental groups positions on animal testing.
February 13, 2002The WWF calls on the EPA to require a developmental neurotoxicity study for pesticides that cause hypothyroidism. Such studies kill upwards of 1,300 animals for every chemical tested. (Click here to read the WWFs comments, and click here to read PETAs DNT Factsheet.) (PDF Format)
May 1, 2002In a presentation to Canadas Standing Committee on Health, the WWF pushes Canada to bring its pesticide regulations more into line with those of the U.S.stating that reviews must consider a sufficient range of health and environmental effects of pesticideswhich is just a veiled way of calling for more animal testing.
August 30, 2002PETA writes again to the WWF, urging the organization to endorse our non-animal strategy for testing chemicals for hormonal effects. (Click here to read PETAs letter.) (PDF Format)
September 20, 2002The WWF issues an Answer to PETAs Accusations and a formal Animal Testing Policy. (Click here to read the WWFs rebuttal and click here to view its Animal Testing Policy.) (PDF Format)
October 4, 2002The WWFs director general writes
to PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding PETAs alleged misrepresentation
of WWFs views on animal testing. (Click
here to read the WWFs letter.) (PDF Format)
October 10, 2002Friend of animals and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney tells the WWF that it has strayed off course by supporting [animal testing] and should do everything in its power to rectify the situation. (Click here to read Sir Pauls letter.)
October 11, 2002PETAs president, Ingrid Newkirk,
fires back a hard-hitting response to the WWFs director general.
(Click here to read PETAs letter.) (PDF Format)
October 23, 2002The results of a massive animal-poisoning experiment are published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, and the WWF is acknowledged as a financial supporter of this research. (Click here to read the articles abstract and acknowledgments.) (PDF Format)
March 24, 2003Sir Paul McCartney writes a second letter to the WWF, once again urging the organization to turn its back on animal testing. (Click here to read the letter.)
April 1, 2003The WWF takes its first step forward by submitting comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the agency to rely to the fullest extent possible on validated non-animal screens and tests.
Where such tests are not yet available, WWF believes EPA ought to invest in their development as a matter of priority, and that Congress should increase funding to speed this important transition. (Click here to view the WWFs comments.) (PDF Format)
April 8, 2003The WWFs director general responds to Sir Pauls letter, advising him that the WWF would be ending its dialogue and efforts to cooperate with PETA. (Click here to read the WWFs letter.) (PDF Format)
April 21, 2003PETAs senior vice president responds to the WWFs letter to Sir Paul. (Click here to read PETAs letter.) (PDF Format)
August 5, 2003PETA again writes to the WWF. (Click here to read the letter.) (PDF Format)
August 5, 2004PETA writes to the WWF for clarification regarding its new claim to oppose "all outdated and unnecessary animal testing." (Click here to read the letter.) (PDF Format).
WWF Fables and Facts (Click here to read PETAs rebuttal to the WWFs misleading claims.) (PDF Format)
PETA Says No to Animal Testing (Click here to read the article by PETAs federal agency liaison from the Fall 2002 issue of the Earth Island Journal.) (PDF Format)