Pesticides animal testing ends at Michigan laboratory

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WASHINGTON (WILX) — Corteva AgroSciences has ended its year-long pesticide test on dozens of beagles at a chemical testing lab in southwest Michigan.

The agricultural division of DowDuPont announced its decision to end testing on 36 beagles in a press release.

"... Today we received official confirmation that the tests we were seeking to change are no longer required for our product. We have immediately ended the study that was the subject of attention last week and will make every effort to rehome the animals that were part of the study," according to the release.

The company said that they had been advocating with Brazil's Agencia Nacional de Viglilancia Sanitaria to change its animal testing requirements.

"We've been working to refine, reduce, & replace animal tests for years. Today we’re pleased to announce our efforts resulted in a waiver & we can stop the study. We’ll make every effort to rehome the animals," they said in a tweet.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States released this statement:

“We applaud Dow AgroSciences (Corteva AgriScience) for making the right decision by ending the one-year pesticide test on 36 beagles at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan. This is a significant step that is critical to the welfare of the dogs. We now urge Corteva to work with us to get the dogs out of the laboratory and to our shelter and rescue partners so that they can be adopted into loving homes.”