Health Canada to End Requirement for Year-Long Pesticide Tests on Beagles
The CBC recently reported about a very important development for animal rights in Canada. Health Canada have announced that they will end the required one-year pesticide tests they currently conduct on dogs–mostly beagles.
While the United States and the European Union have ended these toxicity tests, all food-related pesticides–including crop sprays, had to be tested on the dogs by manufacturers, which was required by Health Canada. According to PETA, their talks with Health Canada since 2014 inspired the recent decision:
“Dogs used in these cruel tests were forced to eat pesticide-laced food or inhale pesticide fumes every day for a year before being killed and dissected. PETA provided evidence that these poisoning tests do not produce data that protect humans.”
PETA has stated that most of the side effects of any given pesticide usually reveals itself in the first 90 days, therefore making the year-long tests a “policy stuck in the past” as it was initially required in the 1980s. Now, according to CBC, Health Canada is committed to eliminating “unnecessary animal testing” and while this is definitely a step in the right direction, the 90-day test can still be required for some specific studies.
In terms of readily available alternatives, PETA stated:
“Modern testing methods use cell cultures or computer modeling to predict acute toxicity. These tests are accurate, humane, readily available, and already in use by several countries that have banned animal tests for cosmetics.”
The next countries that PETA will now try and work with in hopes that they will also eliminate the year-long test include Japan, South Korea, Russia and Turkey.
Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle