Name: Require Use of Alternative Animal Test Methods
Bill Number: S 161
This bill would prohibit the use of vertebrate animals in Vermont’s
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
that are manufactured or tested by a contract testing facility in Vermont.
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 ending the use of animals for safety testing
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. Currently, this bill is before the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs. Please add your voice to the many individuals and organizations supporting this bill before the Committee, and ask for their approval of this measure, which will provide better safety data for products manufactured and tested in Vermont. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]