Name: Humane Cosmetics Act
Bill Number: S 2886/HR 5141
Across the country, individual states have passed or are considering the passage of humane cosmetics bills. Time and money have been spent in each of these states, while Congress can end the state-by-state (and inevitable) passage of the bills by passing the bill on the federal level.
The Humane Cosmetics Act, S 2886 and HR 5141, would simply prohibit the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.
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. This is a non-partisan issue and continues to get support in both chambers of Congress and from both sides of the aisle.
While Congress has been ask this session to consider multiple other bills that would regulate the production and sale of cosmetics, this bill asks members to consider a single issues: should companies be allowed to use animals testing cosmetics when non-animal test methods have been in use for decades? As a majority of companies have already adopted non-animal test methods, this should be an easy question to answer with a resounding “no!”
Please demand that your Representative—and your two Senators—step up and call for passage 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 pass a ban on using animals for cosmetics safety testing this year
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing once again to strongly urge you to demand passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act, S 2886/HR 5141 in 2020. This brief legislation would simply end the use of animals for safety testing by the cosmetics and personal care industry. It is clear and unambiguous, and several states have already passed this measure into law.In addition, 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.With all that Congress has to do on important pandemic-related legislation, this bill is short and to the point. It addresses one issue in a clear and simple manner: end the use of animals for product safety testing and the sale of products that have been tested on animals. It is already unlawful to produce or sell animal-tested cosmetics in California and several other states. As a matter of public policy, please move the federal bill forward. Help the U.S. become a cruelty-free country this year.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]