Perfumed animals

Most safety classifications of chemicals are based on laboratory animal tests. 2008 EU legislation on chemical testing states: “When tests are evaluated and interpreted, limitations in the extent to which the results of animal and in vitro studies can be extrapolated directly to man must be considered and therefore, evidence of adverse effects in humans, where available, may be used for confirmation of testing results.” (my emphasis) (COUNCIL REGULATION, 2008) But time after time, effects in humans turn out to be very different from effects in lab animals so, if human data are not available or considered, a totally-false impression of safety may be gained from animal tests.

We are also exposed over much longer periods than the unfortunate lab animals. Low-level chronic exposure can be more damaging than shorter-term exposure to higher concentrations, and so-called ‘chronic’ or ‘long-term’ test exposures in short-lived lab animals cannot possibly replicate human lifetime exposure. If it weren’t so cruel, it would be laughable that such animal tests are claimed to be relevant.

The aforementioned EU legislative document states: “Existing human data, e.g. clinical or occupational studies and case reports, and/or animal test data, e.g. from single or repeated dermal (skin) exposure toxicity studies, should be considered first...”