Brazil’s health agency, ANVISA, has announced its commitment to remove a redundant and scientifically unnecessary one-year dog study from its safety testing requirements for pesticides, a move strongly encouraged by global animal welfare organization Humane Society International. As the world’s largest market for agricultural and other pesticide chemicals, this move by Brazil marks the beginning of the end of this controversial animal test globally.
Antoniana Ottoni, legislative assessor of Humane Society International in Brazil, stated: “Beagle dogs have been suffering terribly in long-term laboratory testing, in which their food is poisoned with a pesticide chemical for an entire year before they are ultimately killed. Pesticide regulators in the United States, European Union, and India have already removed this cruel test from their regulations, and HSI is delighted that ANVISA has heeded our call to follow this ethical and scientifically correct example.”
As many as 10,000 dogs, rodents, rabbits, birds and fish may be used in the registration of a single new agricultural chemical according to current requirements. Redundancies in pesticide testing requirements in Brazil and elsewhere mean that the same test may be repeated twice or more using different animal species or via different exposure routes, such as oral force-feeding, forced inhalation or skin exposure.
State-of-the-art non-animal test methods are already available and shown to be scientifically superior to using rabbits to test for skin and eye irritation, or mice or guinea pigs to test for skin allergy, among others. Humane Society International continues to work closely with ANVISA toward replacement or maximum possible reduction of animal test requirements for pesticides.
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