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Bill to ban certain toxicity tests on dogs.

California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests
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By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

As a bill to outlaw chemical tests on dogs that are not required by law advances in California. A new poll is being released. It shows overwhelming support among the state’s residents for ending such procedures.

The poll, commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States and conducted by Remington Research group, showed that 75% of poll respondents, cutting across age, gender, political affiliations and geographic regions, said they oppose the use of dogs to test the toxicity of products intended for human use, such as drugs, pesticides and food additives.

Among 1,470 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent. From the poll conducted in late March. A further 63% said they would support a law in California to prohibit such testing on dogs.

Toxicity testing on dogs leads to unnecessary animal suffering and produces dubious scientific results. Dogs who undergo toxicity testing suffer terribly. They may be force-fed drugs, pesticides or other substances and are observed for harmful effects such as heart failure, signs of cancer or even death. Some tests involve administering chemicals at extremely high doses to dogs over a prolonged period, causing slow deaths. Dogs are often killed after the studies so that their tissues and organs can be examined.

An expanding body of analysis demonstrates that tests on dogs are extremely unreliable at predicting human reactions to toxic substances—a coin toss, at best. Non-animal testing methods are more affordable, more predictive of impacts on humans and clearly less harmful to animals.

The poll also showed strong support for several related efforts to replace the use of all animals in research and testing with more humane and predictive alternatives[…]

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