California Governor Newsom Signed SB-879 into law!
September 26, 2022 – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed several measures to advance animal welfare in California, including SB 879. Thank you for your support to get SB-879 signed into law to end this needless suffering and bring California one step closer to banning all animal testing!
July 7, 2022 – Support SB-879, a bill to ban toxicity testing on dogs and cats in California!
The Protection of Dogs and Cats from Unnecessary Testing Act (SB-879) seeks to ban toxicity testing on dogs and cats in California for pesticides, chemical substances, food additives, and other products unless expressly required by federal agencies. This bill, sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), moves California one step closer to banning ALL animal testing!
Nearly 90 percent of drugs first tested on animals end up failing when tested on people, with about half failing due to unanticipated toxicity. Toxicity testing on these animals is cruel, unreliable, unnecessary, and does not further scientific research.
In June, SB-879 unanimously passed the Senate (38-0) and the Assembly Judiciary Committee (10-0), was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and has been moved to the suspense file. We need your help to get it signed into law! Please sign our letter to the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Chris Holden and Vice Chair Frank Bigelow urging passing of SB-879 out of committee to a floor vote.
Dogs and cats used in toxicity testing are bred to live their entire lives confined in laboratory cages and are forced to undergo horrific, invasive procedures, such as having chemicals forced down their throat or into their lungs. Some tests involve intentionally administering a chemical over a prolonged period of time, causing slow and excruciatingly painful deaths.