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Several Measures Signed By Governor To Protect Animal Welfare

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Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday signed several measures that he says will advance animal welfare in the state, his office announced.

Senate Bill 879, also known as the PET Act (Prohibiting Extraneous Testing) was put forth by Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) and aims to end “unnecessary” toxicological testing on dogs and cats.

SB 879 prohibits toxicity testing on dogs and cats for pesticides, chemical substances and other products, which proponents say does not always advance scientific research on toxicity in humans. Testing for products intended for use in dogs or cats are excluded from the new law, including medical treatment testing.


“Animal testing that has no scientific value and causes terrible pain and suffering is inhumane, unnecessary and cruel,” said Wiener in a statement released by his office.

The bill was praised by Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S.

Newsom also signed Assembly Bill 1648, which requires kennel owners to create a natural disaster evacuation plan in order to get a permit to operate.

It’s now also officially “theft” to steal or take someone’s companion animal after Assembly Bill 1290 was signed by Newsom, as well.

Finally, Newsom signed Senate Bill 774 which facilitates emotional support dog certification processes for unhoused people and Assembly Bill 2723 which expands microchip registration requirements for dogs and cats in an effort to better aid in the return of lost pets and deter theft.


parent September 27, 2022 - 9:20 AM

More posturing from our lame dictator Newscum.

1290 makes it theft to steal someone’s companion … sorry, I thought it was already illegal to steal someone’s pet … or is it only illegal if it is over $950 … and it is legal if you really need the animal.

And all the testing, well they will just do that in another state. The jobs will continue to leave California, the people will follow, the taxes will follow … but those folks who stay will reap the benefits of the testing performed on the animals, even though it violates a California law ..

so, thanks again Dictator Useless Newscum for setting yourself up for another case of posturing.

Darwin September 27, 2022 - 11:16 AM
Parent September 28, 2022 - 5:02 AM


Where did I’m mention dogs? I stated that it was already illegal (in a question form) to steal anyones pet/companion. Using sarcasm, I challenged the benefit of this new law. I made a typo where I typed ‘1950’ instead of ‘$950’ – my bad as my kids like to say. But you understood my point because you repeated it.

I am not questioning the the science of testing animals at all, please read what I wrote.

So let me blunt with you as my comments were difficult for you to understand. What good is this new law when we already have laws on the books for these ‘crimes’? Secondly, how does California stopping this testing on animals work, when all the company will do is test in another state? The only ‘good’ I see from him is him posturing ….

As for Newscum trying, the only thing he is trying to do is run for president while he screws California over. I would vote for the Governor of Florida happily. But, don’t wanna live there (Ian is a good reason), and I should not have to move because of a bully.

To Do List September 27, 2022 - 10:10 AM

I don’t believe the last measure protects animals. The limited experience I have indicates pets kept by homeless are in horrible living conditions and have a miserable life and really no pet’s life should be sacrificed for the entertainment of homeless.

Aunt Barbara September 27, 2022 - 11:56 AM

so true!

WC---Creeker September 27, 2022 - 10:27 AM

Wiener can’t stop writing stuff that does nothing to fix most everyday problems for citizens. The roads suck, crime (beside theft of pets) is out of control, drugged out people living on the streets everywhere, nothing being done to spur on economic activity. His next bill will probably be something about giving lifetime library cards without a requirement to return books to vulnerable members of the community.

Darwin September 27, 2022 - 11:17 AM
Winnie The Pooh September 27, 2022 - 10:27 AM

FINALLY he is doing something right and useful! Now if more people would stop buying products that test on animals, these labs would slowly be shut down. The Beagle Freedom Project is always rescuing Beagles from labs and are always looking for foster homes and adopters! Hoping soon to adopt one of the 4,000 beagles they rescued from the horrible conditions at the Envigo Lab.

Local Lady September 27, 2022 - 10:51 AM

Not certain why a company would waste resources on testing that does not advance scientific research for the intended purpose.

Hill September 27, 2022 - 11:07 AM

I’m a little confused about the toxicity testing in pets being a bad thing. I think that’s important for pets as well as children and adults. But if I know more about how they do itay change me opinion. But it’s seems to me something you should be able do with a blood test, urine or feces.

diBen September 27, 2022 - 2:23 PM

Hes just like Biden, just wasting our money on useless stuff to better his friends wallets.

nytemuvr September 27, 2022 - 2:30 PM

If I was to worry about experimental testing my concern would be for the experimental “vaccine” that 2/3rds of the people in the US got and the long term effects (real or imagined), but that’s just my 2¢.

parent September 27, 2022 - 3:15 PM

‘better than Biden’? Well that is certainly a low bar to measure against.

As for Dictator Newscum being our president .. NOT ON MY WATCH

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