Name: Require Use of Alternative Animal Test Methods
Bill Number: S 161
This bill would prohibit the use of vertebrate animals in
nonmedical research testing facilities if an alternative test method that
provides equivalent or better scientific information is available. This ban
would include chemicals, ingredients, product formulations or finished products
manufactured or tested by a contract testing facility in the state. While this
legislation would not cover medical testing and drug development, it would include
all other cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaning products and
other manufactured products.
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Please support an end to the use of animals for safety testing when other methods are available
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for S 161, which would require the use of non-animal testing methods where alternative tests are available that would provide equivalent or better scientific information. The use of non-animal test methods has been part of mainstream testing for decades. This bill would now require all manufacturers and contract laboratories in the state of Vermont to use these methods, whenever they are available. The bill specifically exempts medical testing and drug development from its coverage. Instead, it focuses on chemicals, ingredients, product formulations or finished products manufactured or tested by a contract testing facility in the state. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure that would provide better safety data for products manufactured and tested in Vermont. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]