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Massachusetts: Hearing Held for Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act

Massachusetts: Hearing Held for Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act 

Name: Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act

Bill Number: S 459/H 2933

On September 12, a hearing was held before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. This bill would require manufacturers to use, when available, an appropriate non-animal safety test method for testing products, chemicals or ingredients. It has been recognized that the use of animals in product testing does not necessarily create safer products, and. there are many alternatives that are scientifically-superior and more reliable than animal methods. The bill also encourages the use of non-animal alternatives for safety testing that is not explicitly mentioned in the language of the bill. It does, however, permit the use of animal testing if no credible alternative is available for a particular purpose.

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Please Support the Use of Non-Animal Alternatives for Product Safety Testing

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for S 459/H2933, which would prohibit the use of animal testing when non-animal alternative methods are available. There are numerous alternative toxicity testing methods--including cell cultures and computer simulations--that have proven to work just as well or better than testing on live animals because they are relevant to humans.

With current scientific advancements, non-animal tests are more reliable, effective and humane than animal tests that were developed in the last century. Most manufacturers already use non-animal test methods; however, this legislation will give other companies a push toward ending their reliance on animal testing, and may even spur the development of new tests where none exist.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope that you will give your full approval and recommendation for this legislation to move forward in Massachusetts.

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