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Massachusetts: Ban on Cruel Animal Tests for Cosmetics Safety Moves Forward

Massachusetts: Ban on Cruel Animal Tests for Cosmetics Safety Moves Forward

Name: Ban on Use of Animals for Product Testing

Bill Number: S 2504 

This bill, introduced in 2019 and just reported favorably out of committee, would prohibit the use of traditional animal test methods when testing any ingredient or product in the state, provided an alternative test method exists. While the bill excludes medical research from the scope of its coverage, it does clarify that any entity not covered by this legislation could still rely on alternative test methods if they choose.

The use of animals for safety testing has already been banned in six states because there are far more reliable and humane means of ensuring the safety of products and chemicals. Ask your legislator to support legislation to make Massachusetts the next state to adopt a humane cosmetics law.

The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, after hearing this bill in August 2019, drafted this new bill to replace H 823 and S 505. The bill has now been sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.


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Please Support the Use of Non-Animal Alternatives for Product Safety Testing

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for S 505/H 823, which would prohibit the use of animal testing when alternative, non-animal methods are available. There are numerous alternative toxicity testing methods--including cell cultures, isolated animal tissues and computer simulations--that have proven to be as effective as testing on live animals.

With current scientific advancements, non-animal tests are more reliable, effective and humane than animal tests that were developed in the last century. Many manufacturers already use non-animal test methods; however, this legislation will give other companies a push to not only stop relying on animal testing, but also to work toward the development of new tests where none currently exist.

Many individual countries have adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety. A leading example is the European Union, which adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety in 2012, and California which, in 2018, became the first state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in their state. Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Virginia have bans on the use of animal tests or the sale of animal-tested cosmetics and additional states are already considering a ban this year.

There is no justification for the continued reliance on cruel animal tests to ensure the safety of cosmetics. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure and let our state lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics. Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]