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Pharma company AbbVie bans forced swim animal testing in groundbreaking move

Pharma Company AbbVie Bans Forced Swim Animal Testing In Groundbreaking Move
Image: PETA
Pharma Company AbbVie Bans Forced Swim Animal Testing In Groundbreaking Move
Image: PETA

Pharma company AbbVie has made a groundbreaking industry move to ban forced swim tests on animals.

Forced swimming tests, also known as a behavioural despair test, are used on rodents to assess depression-like symptoms.

It involves putting the mice or rats in a glass cylinder filled with water, from which they cannot escape.

Abbvie, which was formerly a part of Abbott Laboratories, said in a statement: “AbbVie does not currently use or intend to use or fund animal forced swim tests.”

The test is commonly used by pharmaceutical companies to test the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs.

The move to ban it has been welcomed as a campaign victory by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The company claimed AbbVie is the first to ban the practice.

Pharma Company AbbVie Bans Forced Swim Animal Testing In Groundbreaking Move
Image: PETA / Twitter

Despite condemnation from animal rights groups, nearly 5,461 mice, 1,066 rats, 748 gerbils and 305 guinea pigs have been subjected to the test by major pharma companies in the past thirty years, according to PETA.   

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Published by Anu Kondal

Anu Kondal is a digital writer at Totally Vegan Buzz. Anu specialises in informative articles about vegan food, drink and general plant-based knowledge. Anu is an accomplished researcher and educational writer and is an expert on vegan trivia.

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