Japan ends pesticide testing on beagles after study senseless

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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5 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    How outrageous. Human anatomy is different from animals; therefore nothing accurate can be acquired from these tests.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is disgusting! Beagles or any dog for that matter don’t need to be used as test dummies! Lets feed the pesticide to the morons killing these dogs, at least then we will have some realistic results as to what pesticides will do to HUMAN’s!

  3. Sue says:

    All vivisection is senseless. And, as it turns out, it is also immoral and unethical. In fact, it is demonic.

    Dr. Anna Kingsford, Britain’s first woman doctor, put the whole scenario in a nutshell when she wrote: “The spiritual malady that rages in the soul of the vivisector is in itself sufficient to render him incapable of acquiring the highest and best knowledge. He finds it easier to propagate and multiply disease than to discover the secret of health. Seeking for the germs of life, he invents only new methods of death.”

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    This so called ‘study’ is total bullshit – this is about as necessary as their murder of whales that they lie and say it is ‘scientific research’. ALL crap and Japan knows it. It is all about MONEY and nothing else. Sure sacrifice innocent animals for HUMAN GREED.


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