California: Help End Chemical Testing on Animals

California: Help End Chemical Testing on Animals

Name of Bill: Toxicological Testing on Dogs and Cats, The “PET” Act

Bill Number: SB 252

Dog and CatToxicity testing exposes animals to chemicals to determine if the chemicals could harm humans. Not only is this testing excruciatingly painful for animals, but studies show that animal toxicity tests are unreliable, do not truly ensure human safety, and have serious scientific limitations.

Recently introduced legislation in California, SB 252, or the “PET Act,” would prohibit dogs and cats from being used in toxicity tests for products, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food and color additives. This bill would exempt the testing of pet medications and pet products and testing for biomedical research.

Dogs and cats should not be subjected to unnecessary and inhumane toxicity testing. Animals deserve better treatment and should not be subjected to harmful testing simply because they can’t say no.

 

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Please Sponsor SB 252 to Outlaw Unreliable and Excruciating Testing on Cats and Dogs

Dear [Decision Maker],

Toxicity testing exposes animals to chemicals to determine if the chemicals could harm humans. Not only is this testing excruciatingly painful for animals, but studies show that animal toxicity tests are unreliable, do not truly ensure human safety, and have serious scientific limitations.

These animals are bred to live their entire lives confined in laboratory settings and are forced to undergo product testing that does not ensure human safety. Dogs and cats should not be subjected to unnecessary and inhumane toxicity testing. Animals deserve better treatment and should not be subjected to harmful testing simply because they can't say no.

Recently introduced legislation in California, SB 252, or the "PET Act," would prohibit testing facilities from conducting any canine or feline toxicological experiments, defined as any test or study of any duration that seeks to determine the effect of the application or exposure of any amount of a chemical substance on a dog or cat, unless the experiments are conducted for specified purposes, including medical research or to comply with federal requirements pertaining to the approval or maintenance of a medical device.

California has long been a trailblazer for animal protection. By passing SB 252, the state would build upon this long-standing humane legacy and drive further innovation in humane and human-relevant testing methods.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]