Save dogs from cruel pesticide poisoning!
Animal testing of pesticides such as weed killers and insect repellants isn't just a bad habit — it's the law in most countries. But HSI is working with governments around the world to revise their testing requirements to spare countless animals from the horrific cruelty of pesticide poisoning experiments. One such test that we're now very close to eliminating is a 1-year study in dogs.
In this test, groups of beagle dogs are subject to daily pesticide poisoning either by force-feeding of a capsule or being forced to eat food laced with a pesticide — for an entire year. The scientific basis of the test has been widely discredited, so much so that we've successfully convinced the United States, India, European Union, Brazil and Canada to stop requiring it. However, this test is still a legal requirement in Japan and South Korea. As a result, this cruel and unnecessary test is still being conducted to satisfy these two countries.
Please act now by adding your name to our letter urging South Korea and Japan to follow the global move to abandon this obsolete test!
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A substantial body of scientific reviews, including retrospective analyses conducted by pesticide regulatory authorities and industry in several key markets, have concluded that the absence of the 1-year repeated dose toxicity study in dogs would have minimal or no impact on the assessment of human health risk. As a result, regulations in the United States, India, European Union, Brazil and Canada have been revised to eliminate this data requirement. The only two countries still requiring this test are Japan and South Korea.
I urge you to take immediate steps to revise your country’s pesticide regulations to remove the 1-year dog test requirement. This change will enhance global regulatory alignment, reduce trade irritants, and could spare thousands of dogs from needless suffering while providing the same level of regulatory scrutiny of pesticide chemicals – a win-win for all concerned.
Thank you for your consideration.