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On July 17th, member organizations of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) are holding a Day of Action in 16 countries across Europe to call upon German based company Merz, and UK based company Ipsen to stop using mice in cruel poisoning tests for their botox products.
Although used for medical purposes, the bacterial poison, botulinum toxin, is best known for its cosmetic use to temporarily reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Every year hundreds of thousands of mice are used in cruel experiments world-wide to test this substance.
The animal test for botox uses the controversial LD50 poisoning test. Groups of mice are injected in the abdomen with different dosages of botulinum toxin in order to find the dose which kills half the animals. This involves appalling suffering for the animals. They suffocate slowly through muscle paralysis while fully conscious.
However, recently the U.S company Allergan received the approval of US and European agencies for the use of a non-animal cell test method. Allergan has shown that it is possible to replace the cruel mouse bioasssay. Our Europe-wide Day of Action has been called to urge the other companies manufacturing botulinum toxin products, including Merz, and Ipsen to follow Allergan's lead and adopt non-animal testing methods.
Animal protection organizations from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and the UK are participating in the action day.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, ECEAE states “It is totally unacceptable that this cruel test continues to be carried out, despite the existence and EU approval of a non-animal alternative testing method. We urge the authorities and companies, Merz and Ipsen to act, so that animal testing for botox becomes a thing of the past.”