The Humane Cosmetics Act is helping abused animals. Progress is being made around the world but not enough. Harming animals for cosmetics is not necessary. Countries are succeeding in creating cosmetics without abusing animals. Several European countries and Israel ban animal testing for cosmetics and ban selling animal-tested cosmetics. Why can the rest of the world follow suit? Artificial tissue and test tubes methods have proven better predictors of skin irritation in people than by testing on rabbits and other animals. In China alone, it is estimated that 300,000 animals die each year in cosmetic tests. Worldwide, rabbits and other small animals are blinded, poisoned and killed to test new cosmetic products.
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Note from the Humane Society:
“You may be blinding a bunny without even knowing it if you use shampoo, moisturizer, or any other cosmetic that’s been tested on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act will make animal testing for cosmetics a thing of the past, and you’ll be able to use products without the worry.
H.R. 4148 prohibits animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S., ending painful tests that rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs endure to assess the safety of cosmetics. Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using the thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives can be cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable at predicting safety. Help make animal testing of cosmetics in the U.S. a thing of the past — just like in the European Union and Israel, where cosmetics animal testing has already been phased out.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. representative to urge support of H.R. 4148. Look up your representative’s phone number here. You can say, “I’m a constituent and I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4148 if you haven’t already done so. This bill would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S.”
After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), please sign petitions at Humane Society and other organizations.