Target: Senator David Vitter, R-LA
Goal: Reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing.
Legislation is being introduced in the Senate to overhaul U.S. chemical regulations. If passed, it would reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing and strengthen safety measures.
The bill is known as the Frank. R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.687) and contains language that would promote a strategy to move away from animal testing and instead use cell-based and molecular approaches to testing. Not only are these methods quicker than testing on animals, they will also better protect the public and environment from toxic chemicals.
Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have been working on this legislation for years in the hopes of reforming U.S. chemical safety laws. The old law still allows many companies to not reveal what is in their products, nor does it prohibit companies from using chemicals in their products without proving that they are safe. Every day, animals are being tested on for these products with bad science and the public is being exposed to them.
The new law would not only allow the Environmental Protection Agency more power to review the health and safety of chemicals being used, but it would also require safety testing for new chemicals. This bill will also require them to meet tougher standards so that they don’t potentially cause harm to vulnerable populations such as children or pregnant women.
We need to protect the public and show empathy for animals suffering in laboratory experiments. By updating the chemical regulations, we can better protect humans and the environment. Please sign the petition below to support S. 697 to help keep both people and animals safe in the future.
Dear Senator Vitter,
I am writing to you to voice my support for reforming our nation’s chemical safety laws in order to protect the public and reduce the number of animals being tested with harsh chemicals.
Thanks to the hard work of you and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the bill known as S.697 has been introduced to the Senate and will hopefully gain enough support to pass. This bipartisan bill would protect the public from dangerous chemicals and reduce the number of animals being tested on in chemical laboratories. In addition, it would reform the nation’s most important chemical safety law that is currently 39 years old and very outdated.
By using molecular and cell-based approaches to chemical testing, we can minimize the suffering of animals and protect Americans from dangerous chemicals. Currently, the laws in place do not use methods that are cheaper and easier on animals, nor do they properly protect children and pregnant women who may be vulnerable to harsh chemicals.
I hope one day that we can move away from animal testing completely, but for now, this bill will greatly help both animals and people. Please continue to support this bill that will better protect us all from dangerous chemicals.
[Your Name Here]
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