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Make your pledge to avoid anti-wrinkle treatments


White miceFew people realise the suffering involved in
anti-wrinkle treatment production. Each batch has to be tested on animals to measure its strength. The test is usually carried out on mice and it means they are given increasing doses until they are
paralysed or die.



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FRAME is deeply concerned about the use of botulinum toxin (like botox) for cosmetic purposes, and the apparent indifference by its users to the intense animal suffering its production causes.


There is no excuse for animals being subjected to painful and distressing procedures for the sake of human vanity.


The toxin is produced by bacteria, but, since it varies from batch to batch, each new batch has to be tested separately, to determine its potency and its toxicity. It is
tested on mice, which are dosed until they are paralysed or half of them die. There is currently no accepted non-animal, humane test that will satisfactorily protect the safety of people receiving the treatment.


There are important medical reasons for the use of botulinum toxin such as treating squints and some forms of cerebral palsy, so some needs to be produced for those reasons. But all trivial, non-medical uses of botulinum toxin should be stopped until it can be tested by humane methods.


UK law prevents tests on cosmetic products but, since botulinum procedures are invasive and performed by a doctor they are classed as aesthetic surgery and the toxin used continues to be tested as a medicine.


FRAME believes batches of botulinum toxin should be tested according to the purpose for which they will eventually be used so that those intended for cosmetic use cannot be tested on animals.


And more work should be carried out to find alternative testing methods for the batches used for medical purposes.


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