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New Test Saves Thousands of Mice

Written by PETA | February 4, 2014

Happy news for mice! Tens of thousands of mice will be spared agonizing deaths every year following the landmark approval of a more accurate toxicity test for shellfish eaten by humans in the U.S. The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference formally approved the test at its meeting last week.


For decades, state fisheries throughout the U.S. have used a painful and deadly test on mice to determine whether shellfish caught for human consumption contain a lethal concentration of toxins. In these tests, a sample of shellfish is processed in a blender, and this slurry is injected into the abdomens of mice, causing them to have seizures, become paralyzed, and die painfully from suffocation.

The more humane method for detecting these deadly toxins uses tissue from one animal to analyze approximately 200 samples. Not only does the new test have the potential to save tens of thousands of animals a year, it’s also scientifically superior and far less expensive.

PETA donated $11,500 to fund the radiation licensing necessary to implement the test nationwide, and our scientists are now contacting all U.S. fisheries to urge them to implement this modern and more efficient method.

The PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd., oversees and coordinates the donations of PETA-named affiliates to such programs. To date, members of the consortium have donated more than $1.5 million to the development and implementation of non-animal testing methods.

Of course, to eliminate animal suffering completely, we recommend that people not consume shellfish and instead enjoy a healthy plant-based diet. For more information, please visit

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  • Barbara Niklas says:

    Thank you PETA. These are the reasons why I support Peta. The protection and humanitarian protection of all animals. Keep up the good work.

  • Fiona Lau says:

    Thank you for your good job. You guys are heros!

  • Terri David says:

    This is why I love PETA so much. I wish this news would be in the mainstream media.

  • ponderosa says:

    this is good news. Is there any campaign to help mice and rats. As they are not protected by law they can be experimented on without pain relief. to whom can one protest about this?? they don’t even have to count how many they kill. I am publishing a card and would like to give a link to help change this position.

  • Well, I guess India and Sao Paulo are way ahead of the good ol’ USDA!

  • Kyle says:

    This is such awesome news–I had no idea a test like this existed! It sounds so crazy that this has been tested on animals for so long. Three cheers, PETA!

  • addie says:

    This is so awesome! mice are such beautiful creatures and one of my favorite animals, I totally love PETA!!!

  • Siraganda says:

    Peta – I love you for this!!! Thank you for the great job you’re doing daily to save innocent animals!