Federal Bill S-5 Amended During Second Reading to Mention Testing on Animals

During the second reading of the proposed Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, an amendment to the preamble would include the promotion, development, and timely incorporation of “scientifically justified alternative methods and strategies in the testing and assessment of substances to reduce, refine or replace the use of vertebrate animals.” This continues to be the only mention of animals in the proposed bill, as alternative testing on animals is not mentioned anywhere else in the bill. Although alternatives to animal testing is included in the preamble, there are currently no proposed changes to any laws that would affect animal testing. Read the amendments here.