Sen. Rand Paul visits NKY to talk animal testing bill

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (left) speaks alongside Kurt Greivenkamp, interim director of Kenton County Animal Services. Paul visited the shelter to speak about the FDA Modernization Act, which would end a requirement that experimental drugs be tested on animals.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., visited a Northern Kentucky animal shelter Friday to discuss his bill to end animal testing mandates. 

The FDA Modernization Act, introduced by Paul and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., would end a 1938 Food and Drug Administration mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals before they're given to humans in clinical trials. This bill wouldn't ban animal testing but would provide the option for alternative methods. 

Animal testing isn't an effective predictor of responses in humans, and a lot of the time animal tests are used when they aren't necessary, Paul said at the press conference at Kenton County Animal Services. Hundreds of animals are often killed while testing for a single drug, according to a news release. 

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