Animal Tests for Pesticide Products

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Animal Tests for Pesticide Products

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The animal tests below are conducted for traditional pesticides used by both the agricultural and home and garden sectors. Often, one test will be conducted multiple times either using different species of animals or with different variations of the pesticide material, including the technical grade active ingredient, the pure active ingredient, the manufacturing product, and/or the end use product.

The doses in animal tests are chosen to specifically elicit a toxic effect, so they are almost always 100 to more than 1,000 times higher than the dose to which humans will ever be exposed. Not only is this cruel, such large doses often overwhelm the animals’ systems, making interpretation of the study results difficult and leading to repeated or additional testing.

The animals used in these procedures are always killed and examined at the end of the tests. Approximately 13,000 animals die for one pesticide to be brought to market and there are more than 10,000 pesticides on the market today.