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ECEAE seeks to save more than 10,000 animals under REACH following surge in testing proposals

 

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened its public consultation on 14 new animal testing proposals on nine chemicals under REACH, the EU chemical testing programme. This is the first sign of the expected increase in the number of testing proposals, following the recent December deadline for the registration of high production chemicals. 

The ECEAE now has until the 12th March to submit scientifically-valid arguments in an attempt to try to prevent the likely poisoning and death of more than 600 fish and 10,000 rats.  

The tests proposed are:

  • Five 90-day oral toxicity studies, in which rats will be forced to eat, inhale or have the chemical spread onto their skin for 90 days before being killed.
  • Five developmental toxicity studies , in which pregnant female rats will be force-fed the chemical and then killed along with their unborn babies
  • Two 2-generation reproduction toxicity studies in which female rats will be fed the chemical before, during and after breeding. Their pups are also fed the chemical and the effects observed in their offspring also (the second generation). In this test more than 2,000 rats are killed.
  • Two fish toxicity tests on in which eggs, embryos and juvenile fish will be poisoned with the chemical which is put directly in the fish tank water for up to 30 days. In this test dead or deformed larvae, hyperventilation, uncoordinated swimming and even death of adult fish are commonly observed.

The consultations for testing proposals are increasing and this is the largest ‘round’ of testing proposal publication yet seen since August 2009, when the first testing proposals were published. 

To date, the ECEAE has commented on all testing proposals so far and is committed to continuing to do so with these new tests to try to save thousands of animals from suffering and death.

“I ABHOR VIVISECTION WITH MY WHOLE SOUL. ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES STAINED WITH INNOCENT BLOOD I COUNT AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.”  MOHANDAS (MAHATMA) GANDHI

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