Federal Bill S-5 on Animal Testing Passes Committee Stage

Bill S-5, the Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, has passed its review by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Committee in the House of Commons, retaining many important amendments made by the Senate and strengthening others. The bill requires the government to adopt scientifically justified alternatives to animal testing and develop a plan for reducing and replacing animals in toxicity testing, including a mandatory annual report to Parliament on the plan’s progress. Additionally, the bill requires mandatory public consultation when new genetically modified vertebrate animals are proposed. Bill S-5 only protects vertebrate animals, leaving octopuses and other invertebrates at risk from animal experimentation.