Huge news: After talks with PETA, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has committed to not conducting or funding the forced swim test, in which mice or other small animals are dropped into beakers of water and swim frantically to keep from drowning.
BREAKING: After talks with PETA, Johnson & Johnson BANS water tank test!
This is a huge step forward to stopping experiments on animals in the U.S.!
— PETA (@peta) March 20, 2019
The company and one of its subsidiaries, Janssen, have published about using this cruel, useless test in recent years. This announcement signals an end to the suffering of animals in these misguided experiments.
Johnson & Johnson has done the right thing in pulling the plug on the forced swim test, which is not just bad science but also hideously cruel.
— Ingrid Newkirk (@IngridNewkirk) January 7, 2019
The company follows AbbVie in making this smart, kind decision. In December, AbbVie became the first pharmaceutical company to take a humane and public stand against the near-drowning of animals. It pledged not to conduct or fund the forced swim test after PETA introduced a shareholder resolution calling on the company to take this step. The company even states on its website that it “does not currently use or intend to use or fund animal forced swim tests.”
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