Cruel botox tests on mice continue despite animal-free tests have been available for 10 years

Cruel botox tests on mice continue despite animal-free tests have been available for 10 years


Week of action across Europe

21 June 2021

Ten years have passed since the first manufacturer of botulinum toxin products (commonly known as botox) received regulatory approval for an animal-free test. After Allergan, two other global companies, Merz and Ipsen, switched to animal-free tests in 2015 and 2018. Despite these victories for animal rights campaigning, the extremely cruel botox tests on mice continue.

The Scientific Committee Pro Anima, member of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), is calling upon the European Medicine Agency (EMA) to delete the LD50 test on mice from the European regulations.

The ECEAE will be holding a Week of Action across Europe from 21 to 26 June to protest against the continued use of mice in this cruel poisoning test.

Read the press release (PDF)