Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has abolished requirements for year-long pesticide poisoning tests on beagles which included weed and pest nuisance killers. Their decision is based on a two-year study showing the testing on dogs provided little value, are redundant and provide little value when determining safe exposure levels for humans.
In a press release published by the Humane Society International, as many as 32 beagles were fed poisoned foods laced with pesticides every day for a year. They were then killed and their internal organs examined to determine the toxicity levels. Testing like this has been done to thousands of animals for the past 20 years.
“We commend the Japanese government for eliminating this unnecessary and inhumane test from its pesticide data requirements, but are disappointed that it has taken some countries nearly 20 years to take action despite compelling scientific evidence. Better and more rapid global harmonization of pesticide data requirements and approaches to risk assessment are needed so that all countries swing into action immediately once a scientific case is established for the removal of an animal test requirement. It is unacceptable that dogs have been made to suffer needlessly for two decades simply because countries are dragging their feet,” stated Troy Seidle, HSI vice president for research and toxicology.
South Korea is the last major market still to require the one-year dog test for pesticides. Governments of the European Union, United States and Canada have already eliminated the testing saving thousands of dogs from being locked in cages and forced to eat and breathe pesticides for their entire lives before being killed and dissected.
Beagles are the most used dogs for animal testing because of their size and they trust humans the most of all breeds. It is estimated more than 75,000 dogs become part of experiments in United States laboratories every year.
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