(WEHT) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that could change regulations when it comes to animal testing.

In a vote of 392 to 28, the house passed the FDA Modernization Act. The act would change FDA regulations on animal testing and move towards non-animal testing methods.

The FDA Modernization Act comes after local calls to end animal testing at a Posey County testing lab after they were the subject of an undercover investigation from the Humane Society of the United States.

Wayne Pacelle and his Animal Wellness Action organization worked in partnership with senators Rand Paul, Corey Booker and other co-sponsors of the bill to pass the FDA Modernization Act.

“Leaders of the house and lawmakers from both parties, recognized that the United States must lift an archaic animal-testing mandate for drug development and replace that strategy with 21st century methods grounded on human biology,” said Wayne Pacelle, President of Animal Wellness Action. “This is the biggest policy development in congressional history on the fight to replace animal testing with morally and scientifically superior methods.”

In the Tri-State, Republican Representatives Larry Buschon from Indiana, Brett Guthrie and James Comer from Kentucky voted in favor of the bill. Illinois Republican Mary Miller voted no.

Eyewitness News reached out to Senator Rand Paul’s office for comment. Paul, who introduced the act in October of 2021, said he would support the House version of the FDA Modernization Act.