120,000 animals saved from suffering in EU chemicals testing thanks to our interventions
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- Force-feeding a fertiliser to male and female rats until they mate and produce young, with those pups also force-fed the fertiliser and then mated. The adults and young would be observed for signs of ill-health before being killed. ECHA agreed with us that data from tests already performed on a similar substance could be used, meaning a new test on animals could be avoided. This saved an estimated 960 animals.
- Another reproductive toxicity test on rats, for a lubricant used in brake fluid, was avoided after ECHA agreed with us that data from testing on a very similar substance could be used instead – this saved 1,720 rats.
- 90-day toxicity study on an electrolyte additive used in lithium batteries, in which rats would be force-fed the substance for 90 days before being killed. ECHA agreed with us that because severe effects on the animals had already been seen in another test, a new test was not necessary, saving 100 rats.
- A 90-day toxicity study and pre-natal developmental toxicity test, for peracetic acid, an ingredient in bleach, whereby pregnant female rats would be force-fed the substance before both they and their unborn pups are killed. ECHA agreed that testing on such a corrosive substance was not feasible, saving an estimated 1000 animals.