This bill is to stop animal testing in New Jersey

  • Posted on: 2 March 2019
  • By: Claire McFarland
Bill Number: 
LHTIII5
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act Relating to Animal Testing in the State of New Jersey
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that all animal testing be banned as well as its products and the Animal Welfare Act be reviewed and revised.
Sections: 
The national animal rights group People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Welfare Act will work to enforce laws against companies that use animal testing for their products.
The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966, under the basic principle of regulating the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and dealers. This Act unfortunately does not exempt every animal from testing, which companies have found. In fact ninety-five percent of animals are not protected. Companies, research centers, and factories use this to their advantage. These facilities use mice, rats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians for testing, because they are exempt from the minimal protection laws of the Animal Welfare Act. By revising the Animal Welfare Act, animals will be better protected and corporations will no longer be able to mistreat animals for testing.
The newly revised Animal Welfare Act will be instituted across the State of New Jersey to all medical facilities, university and government laboratories, research centers, factories, and private companies.
Revisions are to be made to the Animal Welfare Act protecting all animals, supplying legal and valid alternatives to test products, and discontinue products that have been animal tested. These provisions must be met: Regulation 1: All animals are to not be tested for commercial or company usage. Regulation 2: Legal and valid alternatives to animals include the Vitro Method, using human cells and tissues, the Silico Method, using advanced computerized models, or studies with human volunteers. Regulation 3: If an alternative a company chooses to practice is with human volunteers, they must sign a waiver with a complete set of potential side effects, legal standpoints, and purpose of testing. Regulation 4: If a company or any sort is found to be breaking this law, they are to discontinue their products and be fined $35,000 for their misdemeanor. Regulation 5: All animal tested products must be discontinued and no longer available to the public.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect exactly three months after the new Animal Welfare Act is passed. With the inauguration of this bill, all animal testing will be stopped as well as its products, and newly defined rules will be sent to all corporations, centers, facilities, and companies. This three month buffer period will allow companies to adjust to prepare for this change.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to revise and remodel the Animal Welfare Act to prevent no further animal testing in New Jersey. This bill provides security and protection to the animals, as well as refrains companies from misusing them for their benefit. Companies will now to forced to stop testing on animals as well as selling animal tested products.
Author's Note: 
The cost of passing this law in New Jersey state legislature would be roughly $830, and all other expenses will be paid for by New Jersey Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health. This Division of Animal Health focuses on emergency preparedness and response, as well as the safety and welfare of animals.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the Federal Government, which has been funding the Animal Welfare Act since 1966, and from Funds generated as a result of this law will go to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Speedpass Consideration: 
Yes