Federal Bill S-5 on Animal Testing Scrutinized in the House of Commons

Bill S-5, the Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, is currently at second reading in the House of Commons. The proposed bill would amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 –– Canada’s main environmental law regulating toxic substances. The bill recognizes that the Government should work to reduce testing on animals and promote the development of alternatives. During the House of Commons second reading debates, several Members of Parliament (MP) raised concerns that the bill does not go far enough, and that Canada should commit to phasing out animal testing altogether. Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia noted “[t]he Senate amendment talks about refining the use of animal testing, but that leaves the door open a little too wide according to those I have met with.”