Tell Canada to Move Away from Toxicity Tests on Animals
Each year in Canada, tens of thousands of animals suffer in toxicity tests for product safety and other reasons. These tests cause severe pain, extreme distress, and often death. Animals can be burned or wounded without pain relief, forced to eat deadly substances, or have harmful chemicals spread on their skin.
A new federal bill to update the Canadian Environmental Protection Act could help end these brutal tests on animals.
Animal Justice has been active in leading a coalition of organizations asking senators to improve the Act. When the bill was originally proposed, the preamble mentioned the importance of reducing, refining, and replacing the use of animals in toxicity testing, but the bill didn’t do anything to actually accomplish this.
The new version of the bill lays out the roadmap for Canada to become a leader in phasing out animal testing and promoting and helping to develop alternatives. It would:
• Publish a plan within the next two years to promote the creation and use of animal-free testing methods.
• Require the government to promote and use animal-free testing methods whenever possible.
• Prevent governments from relying on animal testing data to make decisions about whether a substance is toxic unless there’s no animal-free alternative.
Canada should be keeping up with other nations when it comes to protecting sensitive animals like rabbits and mice from the horrific cruelty they endure every day in laboratories. Sign the petition if you agree!