European Union laws still require the poisoning and killing of thousands of animals in old, unreliable chemical experiments – even though there are reliable methods that are relevant to humans today. We explain exactly what these animals go through – and what you can do to end animal abuse in chemical experiments.
Pregnant animals and their unborn babies are killed for chemical testing
Did you know that under EU chemicals and pesticide laws, pregnant animals are given toxic chemicals and their babies are sometimes killed before they are even born?
From wall paint to your cell phone components, nearly all everyday objects contain chemicals that have been tested on animals. Corresponding attempts are outdated, unreliable and cruel.
It is estimated that millions of animals have already died in such tests. The European Union Commission now wants to revise its rules and laws on chemical testing, and that means countless animals have died.
Mothers and their unborn children are killed
Every day during her pregnancy, Rita* was forcibly fed a test substance. The day before her due date, she and her three unborn children were murdered and autopsied.
Hundreds of mothers like Rita are killed to test just one substance. And the tests are not even reliable.
The problem is obvious: rats like Rita do not live normally beyond the age of two and are exposed to extremely high doses of a single chemical during that time. How are such tests supposed to reveal the long-term effects of chemicals on humans? Humans have a much longer lifespan and are frequently exposed to a variety of chemicals at low doses throughout their lives.
The results of animal experiments cannot be extrapolated to humans reliably
Rita and her unborn children should not die. There are newer methods that work with human cells and can more accurately predict what a substance will do to a developing baby.
A good example is the so-called rodent cancer bioassay – a test in rodents designed to predict whether a chemical can cause cancer in humans. For one test, more than 400 mice or rats have to swallow and inhale chemicals every day for up to two years. The animals are then killed to determine the effects of the chemicals. But data from more than 50 years only shows that the test is not completely reliable and cannot predict the effect on humans with certainty.
Skin burns in rabbits
The experimenters shaved off the fur on Bella’s back* and applied the chemical directly to her sensitive skin to assess the severity of the ensuing reaction. After the agonizing test, Bella was killed.
Such tests cannot be relied upon in predicting the effect on humans because rabbit skin is more permeable than human skin. Therefore, results of irritability or wear studies in rabbits are misleading.
Comparing data from rabbit experiments with tests on parts of human skin showed that for a total of 65 subjects, 45 percent of animal experiment results incorrectly predicted the potential for chemical irritation.
If the experimenters used animal-free methods instead of torturing Bella, the chance of getting a correct result would be up to 86 percent. These methods are much more accurate than data from animal experiments.
Dogs abused for pesticide testing
Barney* had a tube stuck in his throat. A chemical used in pesticides can be injected directly into his stomach. He had to endure this procedure every day – for 90 days. After that, laboratory workers killed him and dissected his organs.
Sometimes dogs tormented in such tests have to inhale or swallow the material in them weed killerAnd the mouse poison And the Insecticides is happening. Animals often suffer cramps, internal bleeding or organ damage – many die as a result. As with all animals abused in horrific toxicity tests, their torment lasts their entire lives.
More than 2.6 million animals were tortured in toxicology tests – a new law that kills more victims
Rita, Bella and Barney are just three million of the animals abused in European laboratories for toxicity testing. The legal reforms to chemical regulations envisioned by the EU Commission for its Chemicals for Sustainability strategy are very likely to lead to more experiments on countless mice, guinea pigs, birds, fish, frogs and other animals. There is no justification for these attempts.
With the right investment and good planning, the EU can use non-animal testing and research methods to protect people and the environment from dangerous chemicals. Also, important resources will not be wasted on an unreliable system based on cruelty to animals.
Chemical tests: there is a better way
Non-animal methods are able to better and more effectively predict the potentially harmful effects of chemicals on human health and the environment.
Advanced testing methods work with human cells and tissues and use the latest computer modeling and data analysis systems. This often requires less time and money than animal testing.
We can stop the cruel attempts – help us!
Over 600,000 EU citizens have already joined our campaign against animal testing. However, the initiative of our European citizens is in dire need of a million signatures so that the EU Commission can deal with this issue and herald the end of cruel animal testing.
If you are also an EU citizen (regardless of your current place of residence), please sign the Citizens Initiative:
Help us stop more chemical testing on animals in the European Union by voting for animals and signing up to the Citizens’ Initiative. You can sign the initiative only once: if you are not an EU citizen or have already signed up, you can still help the animals by Inform others about the initiative of European citizens. split, rip Link as often as possible On social media platforms Like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and ask those around you to do the same.
Every single signature counts – for all the animals that live in barren cages and are tortured in futile experiments.
* Animal names are symbolic of the countless animals captured in experimental labs – in the lab they are just a number in a list.