After hearing from PETA U.S. scientists for the past three years, the Japanese government decided this week to say “sayonara” to a gruesome pesticide test conducted on dogs.
Imagine being locked in a cage and forced to eat pesticide-laced food or breathe pesticide fumes for a year, until you’re killed and your body is dissected. That is exactly what dogs undergo in a common test. But now, with the assistance of the Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, and after receiving documentation from PETA U.S. scientists of extensive analyses conducted by government and industry experts demonstrating that data from the one-year dog poisoning test are not used to protect humans, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture has decided to stop requiring the use of this test.
Our scientists pointed out that numerous governments, including those of the European Union, the U.S., and Canada, have eliminated this test from their pesticide registration requirements after discussions with PETA U.S., sparing thousands of dogs annually. Japan will now join the growing list of countries that have made the right decision for dogs and for science.
PETA U.S. scientists are also in contact with regulatory agencies in other parts of the world to encourage them to follow suit and are working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals. Your help will bring us closer to a world in which all animals are regarded as individuals, not lab tools, and in which we’ll look back on chemical tests on living, breathing beings as part of a painful, dark past.
Written by Jessica Sandler