Pass California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Target: Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations, California

Goal: End cruel animal testing in the cosmetics industry by ensuring the passage of SB 1249, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act of California.

Animals could be protected from exploitation and brutality in the name of profit and “beauty” in lab testing for cosmetics. However, the federal government has failed to enact legislation banning the marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products, despite the California legislature’s 2014 resolution urging it to do so. Now, California is taking matters into its own hands with a new bill that would forbid manufacturers from selling any cosmetic that so much as contains a component that was knowingly tested on animals.

Sponsors of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, or SB 1249, recently launched a media campaign to forward the bill. A PSA video describes some of the horrors of animal testing: “Every year hundreds of thousands of animals are maimed and killed to test cosmetics or their ingredients. These barbaric experiments usually involve applying chemicals to the shaved skin or directly into the eyes of helpless animals who are unable to move or even blink.”

The bill is a hugely important step because, as Social Compassion in Legislation’s president Judie Mancuso states, “As the state with the largest population and economy in the country, if California bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, in order to comply with our standards, manufacturers will have no choice but to stop testing on animals to sell cosmetics to the entire United States.” Additionally, it would be good for business. Consumers are increasingly vying for cruelty-free cosmetics. Also, alternative methods of testing products have proven more effective and reliable than testing on animals. Sign below to demand the passage of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Lara,

California’s landmark Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is a vital piece of animal welfare legislation that will have a lasting and widespread impact, and it must be enacted as soon as possible. Banning manufacturers from selling products in California that have had any element tested on animals will protect innocent creatures from horrific cruelty.

The bill has many benefits. It will be wide-reaching, because California’s influence means that producers nationwide would comply with its standards. It will be good for business because of increasing consumer demand for cruelty-free products. And, as toxicologist and vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. states, “Non-animal methods based on human corneal, skin, immune, and other human cells and tissues are widely available to use in place of animal tests. In fact, non-animal methods for skin allergy perform better and are more accurate than the original animal test.” I urge you to pass this critical legislation as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USDA

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6 Comments

  1. With a background in the sciences,
    We should seriously consider alternatives to animal testing. One of the reasons being the countless variables that animals models have when being compared to humans. For example, some studies have shown that age, gender, stress/anxiety level can all affect the outcome of a particular substance, method or drug. Additionally, the public is ever becoming aware that animal testing is unreliable with the fact that over 94% of drugs that pass animal testing simply do not work on humans and sometimes even end up harming humans. Think about that, all that resources and times could have been spent actually doing something useful instead of wasting resources and so many lives. Alternatives such as cell/tissue cultures, organ on chips and computer models are becoming more and more useful and are much more reliable. Whether it is be the development of: drugs, gene therapy, procedures, please consider the use alternatives. No animal for any reason deserves to suffer.

  2. Deborah Boychuk says:

    Cosmetics are for humans, so test on humans. Death rows are filled!

  3. Nooshin Perla says:

    People PLEASE look for cruelty free. You can find shampoo, soap, cosmetic, dish washer laundry soap you named it. That is the only way to stop heartless money hungry evil sicko! That’s all I use. The hell with those who hurt and torture our beautiful wonderful friends!!!!!!

  4. Derinda Nilsson says:

    STOP THE ABUSE you money hungry monsters. Humans do not need to test are cosmetics on animals we do not have the same DNA. There’s got be a better way. This is the 2oth century isn’t it?

  5. As a society let’s get out of the Dark Ages! Stop torturing and killing animals!

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