Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he has signed off on several measures to promote animal welfare in California, including SB 879 by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), which ended unnecessary toxicology tests on dogs and cats.
“For many families, including mine, pets are lovable companions that enrich our lives every day,” Governor Newsom said. “I am proud to sign this legislation to advance our state’s leadership in animal welfare by ending harsh and unnecessary testing on dogs and cats, among other measures to protect the health and safety of California’s pets.”
SB 879, the PET (Prohibition of External Tests) Act prohibits toxicological testing on dogs and cats for pesticides, chemicals, and other products, which often fail to advance scientific research on toxicity in humans. The law includes exemptions for tests related to products intended for use in dogs or cats, including medical treatments. SB 879 does not affect the federally required test.
said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “Passage of this law demonstrates California’s dedication to protecting animals from a life of suffering and isolation for unreliable testing. We appreciate Senator Weiner’s leadership at SB 879 and remain committed to ending all harmful toxicology testing on animals.”
Governor Newsom also signed AB 1648 by Society Member Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego), which requires kennel owners to create a natural disaster evacuation plan as one of the conditions for obtaining a kennel license or permit. AB 1290 by Society Member Alex Lee (D-San Jose) states that stealing or taking another person’s companion animal is theft.
In addition, Governor signed SB 774 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to facilitate the adoption of dogs for emotional support for homeless individuals and AB 2723 by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) which expands microchip registration requirements for dogs and cats to support the return of Lost pets to their owners and deter theft.
State budgets 2021-22 and 2020-20 included a total investment of $50 million for the statewide Animal Shelter Assistance Program operated by the University of California at Davis to give state animal shelters the training and resources they need to work toward the state’s zero-kill goal. Since taking office, Governor Newsom has signed several measures Retail End Of dogs, cats, and rabbits in California, Ban the sale of new fur Products, prohibit the use of animals such as elephants and bears circus actsOr the prohibition of hunting, catching or killing Bobcatsand require shelters chip All cats and dogs reclaimed or adopted.
A full list of today’s bills signed by the Governor can be found below:
- AB 1290 by Society Member Alex Lee (D San Jose) – Crimes: Theft: Animals.
- AB 1648 by Society Member Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Disaster Preparedness: Local Government: Natural Disaster Evacuation Plan for Animals.
- AB 2380 by Association Member Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Online Pet Retailers: Retail Financing Options.
- AB 2723 by Society Member Chris Holden (De Pasadena) – Animals: Microchips.
- SB 774 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Pets and Veterinary Services: Emotional Support Dogs.
- SB 879 by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) – Toxicological testing on dogs and cats.
For the full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
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