In these tests, as many as 32 dogs are fed pesticide-laced food every day for a year, then killed and their internal organs examined.
HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL: ‘The Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries abolished its requirement to conduct year-long poisoning tests on beagle dogs for pesticides such as weed killer. In these tests, as many as 32 dogs are fed pesticide-laced food every day for a year, then killed and their internal organs examined as part of a routine battery of tests conducted on thousands of animals for pesticide toxicity assessment.
The Ministry’s decision is based on the findings of a two-year scientific study prompted by Japan’s Food Safety Commission that showed year-long tests on dogs provided little value when determining safe exposure levels for humans and could therefore be waived in most cases. These findings are consistent with the results of similar past analyses that have led to changes in national regulatory test requirements, beginning in 2007 in the United States, followed by India, the European Union, Brazil and Canada’. SOURCE…