Please Tell Congress to Stop Cosmetic Testing on Animals, Support H.R. 4148
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, which prohibits testing cosmetics on animals and also the sale of any cosmetics or ingredients that have been tested on animals. Animal-based tests for these products are not only inhumane, but also scientifically unreliable for predicting the effect of a product on humans. Many reliable alternatives to animal testing, such as use of cell lines, artificial skin, and computer models, have been developed and are already accepted by the FDA, and as Rep. Moran noted in an essay published in Scientific American on May 28, 2014, "[m]any multinational companies have embraced these alternative test methods, reducing and in some cases eliminating their dependence on animal testing." California, New Jersey, and New York already prohibit the use of animals for product testing when validated alternatives are available, and the California legislature recently passed a resolution urging Congress to take this step. Such a ban went into effect in the European Union in March 2013.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please call or write your representative today and urge them to support H.R. 4148. To identify your legislator and their contact information, click here (once you click on the link, enter your address and click "Go" to find your legislator). If your representative is already a cosponsor H.R. 4148, it is also good to send them a thank you email.
To send an email, click here to send a message to your representative through AWI's Compassion Index. Once you are on the Compassion Index page, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.
Also, be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators as well. As always, thank you very much for your dedication to protecting animals!