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Angels of Assisi’s legislative and public policy work is essential to bring about long-term change for animals. We work locally, state wide, and nationally to improve animal protection laws and regulations. This work is sustained through our volunteer Animal Action Team members who write letters and make phone calls to state and local officials, and attend lobby days at the State Capitol and meet with legislators to help improve the lives of animals.
While many of you joined us in advocating to help chained dogs, and we came up short in that effort, there is good news to report from Richmond: we’ve made landmark progress for animals used in research experiments.
SB 28, sponsored by Senators Bill Stanley and Glen Sturtevant, passed both houses and has been sent to Governor Northam. It prohibits the use of state funding for category E experiments on dogs and cats; Category E experiments are ones that cause pain and distress without relief—the very worst kind. The bill will impact primarily state colleges and universities that test on animals.
HB1087 also passed both houses and has been sent to Governor Northam. Sponsored by Delegate Jennifer Boysko, it prohibits commercial animal testing when an approved alternative exists. There are some exemptions to the bill; it will primarily impact cosmetics and household product testing, as well as some chemical testing.
These two accomplishments are historic for Virginia; animal testing has not often been a topic of interest among legislators in Richmond and, in fact, our code is entirely neglectful of animals being used in testing.
Early each year, hundreds of advocates spend the day at the Virginia Capitol and ask their legislators to push for stronger animal protection laws in the Commonwealth.
Check back in late 2018 for information on Humane Lobby Day 2019!