From 25th to 30th June, members of The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) represented in Spain by Ong ADDA, held a week of action across Europe to protest against the cruel killing of hundred thousands of mice for botulinum toxin (botox). This year, the anual protest marked the first approval of an animal-free method seven years ago (30.6.2011). We call upon Nestlé to stop selling botox products manufactured by Ipsen until the competent authorities approve their animal-free test.
The Swiss -based food giant Nestlé, has entered the lucrative Botox market: it sells botox products, Dysport® and Azzalure® manufactured by Ipsen, based in the United Kingdom. While some botox manufacturers, such as Allergan and Merz, are already using non-animal tests, Ipsen continues using tens of thousands of mice each year in the cruel Lethal Dose 50 poisoning test. Groups of mice are injected in the abdomen with different dosages of botulinum toxin in order to find the dose which kills half the animals. This involves appalling suffering for the animals who suffocate slowly through muscle paralysis while fully conscious.
Botox is mainly known for its use to temporarily reduce facial lines and wrinkles, but it is also used for medical purposes.
We remind you that the campaign to send postcards to the Japanese pharmaceutical company EISAI continues, until alternative methods to animal experimentation, such as cell tests, are used.
You can download the postcard here: