Since 2009, the “Stop Botox animal testing” campaign has been supported by the ECEAE, an umbrella organization currently bringing together 18 scientific organizations, including Pro Anima and animal protection organizations across Europe.
Botox is the brand name of one of the products containing botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic poison. The toxin is used for medical purposes and increasingly for cosmetic applications.
Tested on mice, botulinum toxin is injected into the abdomen of mice which then suffer from paralysis, impaired vision and respiratory distress. After three or four days of suffering, they die of asphyxiation.
The challenge of the campaign is not only to inform the public but also to call on the authorities to act to speed up the validation and implementation of animal-free methods and to remove the botox test on mice from the legislation of the EU.
Indeed, animal-free testing methods are already available, but not all manufacturers use them.