Shed Light on Animals in Laboratories

Advancing Law for Animals joins a large coalition of organizations supporting the California Transparency in Research Act (AB 889), sponsored by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation. Authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, this critical piece of legislation sheds light on animals in California laboratories. AB 889 requires reporting of animal numbers, general categories of how animals are used, and what level of pain and distress the animals experienced. This bill would also establish a publicly accessible online database for the reported information. While USDA collects some information about animals in laboratories pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act, more than 90 percent of animals used in laboratories are statutorily excluded.

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