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Massachusetts: Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act Under Consideration

Massachusetts: Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act Under Consideration

Name: Alternative Non-Animal Testing Methods Act

Bill Number: S 459/H 2933

These bills would prohibit the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing. They would also prohibit the use of animals for testing chemicals and ingredients used by manufacturers for all types of non-medical products, as long as there is an appropriate alternative test method available.

On February 14, the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture reported favorably on S 459 and H 2933. The Senate bill has now been referred to the committee on Senate Rules.

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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/H 2933, which would prohibit the use of animal testing when alternative, non-animal methods are available. There are numerous alternative toxicity testing methods--including cell cultures, isolated animal tissues and computer simulations--that have proven to be as effective as testing on live animals.

With current scientific advancements, non-animal tests are more reliable, effective and humane than animal tests that were developed in the last century. Many manufacturers already use non-animal test methods; however, this legislation will give other companies a push to not only stop relying on animal testing, but also to work toward the development of new tests where none currently exist.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative year.

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