Why Is Rep. Pallone Failing Animals? PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
December 1, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New Brunswick, N.J. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding Rep. Frank Pallone’s failure to take action on the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul. This bill passed quickly and without opposition in the U.S. Senate, and it’s critically important, because it would remove the legal requirement to test on animals in the development of new drugs. However, it remains stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives because Pallone hasn’t taken action to place it on the suspension calendar.

Rep. Frank Pallone is a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, but he’s failing both humans and other animals by refusing to take action on the FDA Modernization Act. An astonishing 95% of new drugs that test safe and effective in animals go on to fail in human trials. Poisoning beagles, monkeys, and mice is not only harming animals but also delaying the development of desperately needed medication. We are deeply troubled that Pallone hasn’t acted, and we urge everyone in New Jersey to call his office as soon as possible and urge him to support this bill.

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and provides the public with information about those issues. The group does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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