For years, animals have been subjected to unimaginable cruelty by researchers who have utilized them for product testing. Outside of a laboratory setting, the procedures performed on these “research” animals would have resulted in animal cruelty charges.
Recently, however, Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, signed a bill into law which requires that “non-animal” test methods be utilized. With the passing of HB 1087, Virginia joins California, New Jersey and New York with the requirement for companies to use non-animal testing.
Matthew Gray, Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), commented on the recently passed law:
“By minimizing animal testing and instead focusing on the use of faster, cost effective and more reliable testing methods, Virginia companies can save lives, time and money. We thank Delegate Boysko and Governor Northam for their leadership on this issue.”
Of note, HB 1087 does not impact the use of animals for medical research. Read more about Virginia’s new law at this link to HSUS.
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