Biotech giant Amgen has confirmed that it no longer conducts near-drowning experiments on small animals!
This follows PETA scientists’ outreach to the company about the forced swim test, in which small animals are often dosed with a test substance, put in beakers of water, and forced to paddle desperately out of fear of drowning.
Amgen joins 12 pharmaceutical companies that PETA has persuaded to ban the hideous test, including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Roche, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk A/S, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb.
But David Ricks, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, continues to reject modern science by clinging to this ridiculous test.
Please join PETA in calling on Eli Lilly to ban the forced swim test.
Thank you for your compassion for animals.
Senior Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department