The latest strategy to regulate chemicals in the EU calls for even more animal life than before – without bringing any benefit to humans.
According to the strategy, additional animal experiments are to be carried out from October 2021 to investigate whether certain chemicals are endocrine disrupting, i.e. affect the human hormonal balance.
According to this strategy, even more animals would have to suffer and die in cruel experiments – although the effectiveness of a substance in humans cannot be reliably determined with animal experiments.
Animal testing does not protect human health.
What are endocrine disrupting chemicals?
The human body maintains a delicate balance of hormones such as estrogens.
They regulate our most important functions, including development, metabolism and reproductive capacity.
Chemicals with endocrine disruptors, also known as endocrine disruptors, interact with the body’s hormones.
In order to ensure that certain chemicals do not disturb our hormonal balance, regulators commission tests.
But instead of using methods that provide results that are relevant to humans, the authorities continue to insist on animal experiments that cannot reliably predict human reactions.
Animal experiments do not provide the results that are necessary to ensure the safety of substances in humans.
It should come as no surprise that the hormonal balance of rats or mice differs from that of humans.
Nevertheless, a research group compared the effects of six possible endocrine disruptors on the function of the testes in rats, mice and humans. They found similar reactions in humans and rodents only with two of the six substances.
The effects of two other chemicals were similar, but the mice and rats had to be given a much higher dose than humans.
More worryingly, the effects observed in rodents on the latter two substances did not occur at all in humans (!!)
In addition, it must be taken into account that the animals abused in the experiments are often frightened, stressed and painful.
All of these factors affect their hormonal balance, which further weakens the informative value of the experiments.
Such inadequate practices not only cause senseless animal suffering, they also put people at risk.
The authorities responsible for our security must finally move away from animal experiments.
What is the solution?
The solution is simple: Germany and Europe must advance the development of animal-free methods that are relevant to humans.
Results from animal experiments can lead to incorrect conclusions and result in regulatory authorities not being able to keep their promises to the public to ensure the safety of chemicals.
Today there is a multitude of modern and animal-free research methods that can replace animal experiments and provide reliable results.
And I mean…Recently we posted on our blog:
“The European Parliament voted on September 15, 2021 for a comprehensive plan to phase out animal testing
The EU Parliament (EP) has passed a resolution calling on the EU Commission to present an action plan to get out of animal testing.
The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of 667 votes, 4 against and 16 abstentions.
The nationwide association “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” is delighted “ (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/10/02/we-fight-against-animal-testing/
Some animal rights activists have called it a historic step, others have seen it as the beginning of a cruelty-free era.
Of course, we always have to maintain a certain optimism, otherwise we will not achieve anything.
But anyone who has many years of experience in this field learns over time to look forward to and hope for the good but, on the other hand, to be prepared for the worst.
Especially when the EU and its servants – as in the present case – crush the good decisions and our optimism at will, disregard them and bow to the pharmaceutical industry.
This is why an animal rights activist must always stay a realist.
Then it doesn’t hurt if he’s an optimist too.
My best regards to all, Venus