Accountability in Animal Experimentation

Progress updates

PETA     January 29 2019

VICTORY! After meeting with PETA, AbbVie has committed to not conducting or funding the forced swim test. The meeting followed PETA's submission of a shareholder resolution calling on four pharmaceutical companies to end the use of the cruel and pointless test. AbbVie has implemented a new policy stating that it "does not currently use or intend to use or fund animal forced swim tests" and has posted this on its website:

Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.

The majority of animal experiments do not contribute to improving human health. There are many non-animal test methods that can be used in place of animal testing [1]. Not only are these non-animal tests more humane, they also have the potential to be cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans [2].