Name: Protection of Dogs from Unnecessary Testing Act
Bill Number: AB 2059
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 5,199 dogs in California were subjected to research, testing, education or experimentation. And more than 900 of those dogs were subjected to research or testing that caused the animals pain and distress.
It is time to stop permitting harm to be done to man’s best friend! California bill AB 2059 would prohibit any public entity—including towns, cities, state agencies, public schools and public universities and colleges—from causing pain or distress to a dog for research or training purposes. Harm for the purposes of this bill would be considered anything that causes more than momentary pain or stress to the dog.
This bill would prohibit the use of dogs for toxicity testing for various product testing, including testing for drug safety, pesticides use and other harmful chemicals that are not mandated by federal government agencies. While California already bans the use of animals for personal care and cosmetics safety testing, the use of dogs for other types of testing continues unchecked.
This legislation does not impact testing done in response to federal regulations or medical research in the state, so it is not a panacea. However, a significant number of dogs would be saved. Additionally, the continued development and use of non-animal models will improve at-risk assessments that are relevant to humans. It is hoped that these new tests will influence federal regulators to also end their reliance on animals for safety testing.
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Please support an end to painful toxicology testing on dogs
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for AB 2059, which would prohibit the use of dogs for cruel toxicology testing, as long as the test is not required by the federal government. Dogs used for toxicology testing live miserable lives as they are used to assess the safety of chemicals through ingesting, inhaling and having caustic chemicals rubbed into their skin. This is particularly appalling because the results of toxicology tests on dogs are not translatable to human health. California has led the way in ending the use of animals for product safety testing on personal care and cosmetics products. Ending the use of dogs for toxicology tests that are not required under federal law or regulations would take this one step further, recognizing that human safety is not impacted by toxicology tests conducted on dogs. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 5,199 dogs in California were subjected to research, testing, education or experimentation. More than 900 of those animals were subjected to research or testing that caused them pain or distress. While this bill would not directly impact all of these dogs, as some (including those whose use is mandated by the federal government) would be excluded, it is another huge step in the right direction.The use of dogs for research is relatively inexpensive and their typically docile nature makes dogs easy subjects to use for testing. But the availability and ease of use of these animals does not mean that it is ethically permissible to cause harm to dogs, animals who we regard as our "best friends." Please give your full support to passage of this humane legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]