Beagles Will No Longer Be Forced to Ingest or Inhale Pesticides for a Year and Then Be Killed

For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2018

Jeonju — South Korea’s Rural Development Administration has announced that it is eliminating the year-long pesticide toxicity testing on beagles. In this test, dogs are forced to eat pesticide-laced food or inhale pesticide fumes daily for a year before being killed and dissected.

The move comes on the heels of scientific evidence that PETA U.S. has been giving to the Korean government demonstrating that the one-year dog-poisoning test does not provide data that are used to protect people.

After discussions with PETA U.S., the European Union, the U.S., and Canada eliminated the same test from their pesticide-registration requirements, thus sparing the lives of thousands of dogs annually. In April 2018, Japan joined this growing list.

PETA U.S. scientists praise the Rural Development Administration for being responsive to their request that it review the test and take steps to harmonize with other countries that no longer require it.

“Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that the one-year poisoning test is not used to set exposure limits for humans,” says PETA U.S. Vice President of Regulatory Testing Jessica Sandler. “We are pleased that South Korea has joined the U.S., Canada, the European Union, and Japan in making the right decision for dogs and for science.”

Brazil is currently in the process of revising its pesticide regulations. PETA and its affiliates are urging other countries to follow suit and is also working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals.

For more information on PETA U.S.’ work in this area, please click here.