Name: Humane Cosmetics Act
Bill Number: S 2886/HR 5141
Congress needs to be reminded that there are important issues regarding animals that need its attention. Passing a law to prohibit the use of animals for product safety testing is one of them!
The Humane Cosmetics Act, S 2886 and HR 5141, which would prohibit the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, has had far less support in this session of Congress than it did in the past, despite the passage of laws in several states (CA, IL, NJ, NV, NY and VA) to end the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing or to ban the sale of animal-tested products.
Passage of a federal law is necessary because it will apply to every state in the country and make a positive statement that the U.S. opposes the use of animals for this purpose—along with many other countries around the world.
Testing cosmetics on animals is an indefensible waste of animal life and the cause of animal suffering when reliable non-animal safety tests have been available for years. Past bills have had strong bipartisan support from members of the House, while this year only four Senators and 40 Representatives have committed to supporting this legislation.
Please demand that your Representative—and your two Senators—step up and become cosponsors of the Humane Cosmetics Act. Tell them to move this bill forward—without delay—before yet another session ends without action.
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Please Join as Sponsors of a Humane Ban on Testing Cosmetics on Animals
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to strongly urge you to support to the Humane Cosmetics Act, S 2886/HR 5141, which would end the use of animals for safety testing by the cosmetics and personal care industry. Much of the cosmetics industry already relies on more predictive non-animal test methods for evaluating the safety and efficacy of a cosmetic, demonstrating that an end to the use of animals will not negatively impact human health.The European Union adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety many years ago. Many individual countries, including most recently Australia, have also adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety, and work is being done to educate industries and governments in China, Russia and elsewhere about the advantages of using non-animal test methods. China has already committed to changes in their regulatory system to omit animals from testing procedures.This work is being spearheaded by American companies, yet the U.S. continues to permit the use of animals for cruel and painful testing, despite the fact that it is not necessary to guarantee the safety of cosmetics. Six states (CA, IL, NJ, NV, NY and VA) have already passed laws prohibiting cosmetics safety testing on animals or the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in their state and more states are already considering a ban in 2020.While I appreciate that Congress has been very concerned with legislating issues that arose because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take care of other important issues too. This is a very important issue to me, one that could help to decide my vote in the 2020 election. Please give your support to moving this bill forward, and if you are not yet a cosponsor, consider adding your name as a supporter of the Humane Cosmetics Act. Help the U.S. become a cruelty free country this year.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]