Senate Approves Reform on Act That Would Significantly Limit Animal Testing
Earlier this month, a big victory in terms of animal testing laws was announced. On May 24, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), initially passed in 1976, that is responsible for determining how chemicals and toxic substances are tested and regulated.
According to Science Mag, the new measure, titled H.R. 2576, is significant for many of those opposed to aspects within the Toxic Substances Control Act, whether those reasons are based on human health, the environment, and/or animal rights:
“The measure aims to make chemical safety reviews more science-based, and includes provisions designed to reduce the use of animals in chemical testing and promote the study of so-called cancer clusters.”
While the reforms have required months of negotiations, since the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of it, it is now up for review by President Obama. Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States, elaborated on what the reforms would mean for animals. He stated:
“This bill will dramatically upgrade protections for people from dangerous chemicals, but it will also save hundreds of thousands of animals from having harsh chemicals rubbed into their skin, forced down their throats and dropped in their eyes…By minimizing animal testing and focusing on the use of faster, cost effective, and more reliable testing methods, private companies and the federal government can save lives, time, and money.”
He noted that the bill would also seek to also “improve the science behind animal testing” and “require better safety decisions to protect the environment and human health”. The legislation seems to be a very necessary update on a 1976 act, and you can learn more about the changes by following this link.
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