National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Differences between guinea pigs and humans

. Updated: 16 January 2013


Guinea Pigs are used in a range of experiments including having their skin abraded and household and industrial substances applied in skin irritancy tests.

What a Waste

  • Guinea pigs can only breathe through their noses.
  • In experiments to try to ‘model’ dermatitis (skin inflammation) in guinea pigs, it was discovered that the symptoms caused did not mimic chemical dermatitis in humans.
  • A drug used successfully for Legionnaires’ disease in patients did not prevent deaths in infected guinea pigs.

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