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J&J bows to PETA pressure and drops forced swim tests in mice

Johnson & Johnson has announced it is to end its practice of forced swim tests on mice, rats and other animals in the research of new drug treatments, following discussion with animal rights advocacy group PETA. The company’s pledge means it will not use the test from now on in either its own or external laboratories.

Forced swimming tests – or behavioural despair tests, as they are also known – involve placing a mouse or rat in an acrylic cylinder from which they cannot escape as it slowly fills with water.

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