Asm. Kamlager Introduces Bill to Protect Dogs from Unnecessary Toxicological Testing

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – Seeking to stop research laboratories from testing chemicals on dogs, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) today introduced legislation to halt the practice. Advancements in technology have provided alternative methods to test the effects of chemicals, such as human cell-based tests, computer models and other approaches.

“Testing on dogs is unethical and unnecessary,” said Kamlager. “No animal deserves to suffer like this. We must press for change and use scientifically proven alternatives from the 21st century.”

Most dogs used in research and testing every year in California die in the laboratory. At universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other research facilities, dogs that are identified only by a tattooed number on their ear live in barren cages and are subjected to painful procedures, such as being infected with diseases and force-fed toxic substances.

“The Humane Society of the United States thanks Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager for introducing this bill challenging unnecessary toxicity testing on dogs and driving change to more humane research. These animals suffer daily by being force fed, injected or implanted with chemicals. Fortunately, non-animal alternative methods continue to be developed that are more rapid, cost-effective and provide information more relevant to humans,” said Sabrina Ashjian, California State Director, Humane Society of the United States.

To schedule an interview with Assemblymember Kamlager, contact Alina Evans at (916) 319-2499.

Assembly District 54 consists of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, Century City, Culver City, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista, Palms, Rancho Park, Westwood and parts of South Los Angeles and Inglewood.