Paul, Booker introduce bill to end FDA animal testing mandates

Paul, Booker introduce bill to end FDA animal testing mandates

Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back MORE (R-Ky.) and Corey Booker (D-N.J.) announced they are introducing a bill to end U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) animal testing mandates. 

The FDA Modernization Act will put an end to an FDA mandate that requires experimental drugs to be tested on animals before they are used on humans in clinical trials. 

The proposed legislation, introduced Thursday, is currently co-sponsored by Sens. Mike BraunMichael BraunFormer Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador The Memo: Supreme Court, Sinema deliver twin blows to Biden How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm MORE (R-IN), John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyLouisiana Democrat running for US Senate smokes marijuana in campaign ad MORE (R-LA), and Ben Ray LujanBen Ray LujanBipartisan lawmakers propose 'TLDR Act' to simplify terms of service agreements Democrats mull hardball tactics to leapfrog parliamentarian on immigration Lawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays MORE (D-NM). 

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The legislation will not ban animal testing but will give drug sponsors an option to use alternative methods, according to the statement.

“The FDA Modernization Act would accelerate innovation and get safer, more effective drugs to market more quickly by cutting red tape that is not supported by current science,” Paul said in a press conference on Thursday.

“It would also prevent the needless suffering and death of animal test subjects — which is something I think both Republican and Democrats can agree needs to end.” 

“Thanks to modern scientific innovation, the use of animal toxicity testing for experimental drugs has become increasingly obsolete,” Booker said.

“This legislation will eliminate unnecessary suffering for countless animals when scientifically reliable alternative testing methods are available.”

Booker, a vegan, previously introduced the Farm System Reform Act, which seeks to phase out confined animal feeding operations by 2040.