Name of Bill: Prohibition on Testing Cosmetics on Animals
Bill Number: SB282/HB611
Cosmetic animal testing causes unnecessary pain and harm to animals, and alternative testing methods exist that are often cheaper and more accurate predictors for how cosmetic ingredients will affect humans. This reality has led three states (California, Illinois, Nevada) to enact laws that effectively ban the sale of cosmetics that were produced using animal testing. In Maryland, the passage of SB282 and HB611 could make the state the fourth in the nation to pass this important legislation.
SB282 and its companion bill HB611 would prohibit a person from conducting animal testing in the development of a cosmetic and prohibit a manufacturer from selling, in the state of Maryland, cosmetics that were tested on animals on or after July 1, 2022.
Banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics is a big step towards reducing the suffering of animals in laboratories because the effect expands well beyond Maryland. As more states take up bills similar to those being considered in Maryland, manufacturers around the country will be forced to reexamine their animal testing practices if they want to stay relevant in the marketplace.
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Please support SB 282 and HB 611 to end the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask that you vote in favor of Maryland's Prohibition on Testing Cosmetics on Animals Act, SB282 and HB611. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands already sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.No federal mandate exists that requires cosmetic manufacturers test their products on animals. What does exist is modern methods of testing that combine human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models that deliver humane-relevant results at less cost and in less time than animal tests. Simply put, there is absolutely no need for cosmetics manufacturers to use animals in safety testing, so it is time we put an end to it. Banning the sale of animal-tested products is important because it effects not only the state of Maryland, but also the entire cosmetics industry and their decisions on manufacturing and development using cruel and unnecessary animal testing.There is no justification for the continued reliance on animal tests to ensure the safety of cosmetics. Please vote in favor of SB282 and HB611 and ensure Maryland helps lead the fight in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]