Target: Congressman Jim Moran
Goal: Pass into law a bill that would ban cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.
Virginia Congressman Jim Moran has introduced legislation that would not only ban animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry, but also gradually phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in foreign countries. The United States and China have been the final roadblocks in what could be a global end to cosmetic animal testing, and with China already planning a ban of their own, the U.S. could be the key. For being the first congressman to propose a law prohibiting cosmetic animal testing, Jim Moran deserves our support.
More than 1,300 companies in the United States, the European Union, Israel, and India have already banned product testing. “The U.S. can and should phase out the use of animals in cosmetic safety testing,” said Moran. “Not only are animal-based tests fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans. H.R. 4148, the “Humane Cosmetics Act,” he says, would encourage the development of testing alternatives that are cheaper and more effective. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, added “We thank Congressman Moran for his leadership on this legislation, which will align the U.S. with the global trend moving away from animal testing of cosmetics. We have powerful and reliable alternatives available and it’s time to embrace those new technologies and stop harming animals for unnecessary reasons.”
The ultimate goal of the Humane Cosmetics Act is to not only end the use of inhumane animal testing methods, but also encourage cheaper alternatives that will make the American cosmetics industry more competitive and change the global market. Ending animal testing would increase the safety of products and also encourage new cutting-edge technology to take its place.
Please take a moment to thank Congressman Moran and support this incredible bill that could ultimately save thousands of animals from unnecessary cruelty and torture.
Dear Congressman Moran,
You recently proposed H.R. 4148, the “Humane Cosmetics Act” that would ban the use of animals in cosmetics testing in the United States. The U.S. and China are the two major world markets that have yet to pass such a law and doing so would have a significant impact on animal testing around the world. India and the European Union have already legislated bans and China is in the process. The U.S. is the final step.
Thank you so much for your commitment to protecting animals from unnecessary harm and inhumane treatment. I hope this bill passes so that we can soon see a global end to cosmetic animal testing.
[Your Name Here]
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