Hundreds of thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are killed every year to test cosmetics. This is despite the availability of nonanimal testing methods that are often less expensive and faster than animal tests. Fortunately, California has a new opportunity to make a change for the better. A change that would have weighty ripple effects on the way cosmetics—and products like shampoo or deodorant—are produced and tested across the globe, sparing the lives and suffering of millions of animals.
The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, would ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state, making California the first U.S. state to join the likes of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, Turkey, India, Guatemala, Taiwan, and New Zealand, all of which have instituted bans on animal testing or the marketing of animal-tested products.
Luckily, there are some amazing cruelty-free brands out there already. But we can do better; they could all be cruelty-free!
This step forward is a long-time coming. Animals have been suffering for decades in experiments that involve applying chemicals or products to animals’ shaved skin or eyes or being force-fed through a tube in their stomachs. To make matters worse, the test results aren’t especially helpful for understanding what a human’s reaction would be because humans and other animals have biological differences that make data from animal tests ultimately undependable. Nonanimal testing methods include sophisticated computer models, 3-D human skin tissues, and other types of real human cells.
Californians, please visit PCRM.org/Cosmetics to take action and to say YES on SB 1249. And no matter where you live, we think sharing this link with your friends or family who live in California is a great idea!
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.
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