This is an important day for laboratory animals!
The National Anti-Vivisection Society is pleased to report that—as a result of your advocacy actions—the Senate has passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) which will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
While this bill will not end the use of animals, it does include provisions that would require the EPA to minimize the use of animals in conducting chemical testing. It also requires that the EPA develop a strategic plan to promote the development and implementation of reliable alternative test methods to reduce, refine or replace the use of laboratory animals.
This is a significant improvement over the current TSCA which was enacted in 1976 and makes no reference to reducing animal use or investing in alternatives. While this is good news for animals used in science, there is still work to be done. It is imperative that the committee reconciling the Senate and House versions of this bill keep the important animal protection language intact.
We will continue to monitor this legislation to insure that its final version retains these important provisions, marking a significant step toward ending all animal testing.