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A Big Victory for Lab Rats: U.S Congress Moves to Limit Chemical Testing on Animals

Excerpted from The Washington Post:

The Senate’s approval Tuesday of a far-reaching bill to overhaul government regulation of toxic chemicals was hailed by environmental and public health experts as a key move toward protecting Americans, as well as their land and water, from harmful substances.

But the legislation, which passed the House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, also will have many other beneficiaries: thousands of animals.

The measure, which updates the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, includes a provision aimed at reducing the Environmental Protection Agency and chemical firms’ use of animals to test the safety and effects of chemical products. The EPA should use non-animal alternatives where possible, the legislation says, and must come up with a plan to develop and adopt more non-animal methods, such as computer modeling or cell-based tests.

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