Name: Ban on the Use of Animals in Cosmetics Testing
Bill Number: HB 704
Update: On March 22, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer
Protection and Health gave approval to this measure and it was referred to the
Senate Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means. These Committees must vote
“yes” on this legislation for it to become law.
HB 704, which the Hawaii House approved
on March 5, would prohibit manufacturers from selling, importing, or offering
for sale in Hawaii any cosmetic for which an animal test was conducted by or on
the behalf of the manufacturer after January 2021. Cosmetics are broadly
defined as any article used for personal hygiene or beautification.
It has been
recognized that the use of animals in safety testing for cosmetics does not
necessarily create safer products. There are many safety tests that are
scientifically superior and more reliable than those that use animals.
Moreover, alternative tests have been in use by the cosmetics industry for more
than a decade. This bill would ban the use of animals for testing cosmetics or
household products if an alternative test method is available.
Please call and write—in your own
words or through the Advocacy Center, below—your state Senators and ask them to
support an end to the use of inhumane cosmetics in Hawaii.
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Support a ban on the use of animals in cosmetics testing
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for important legislation, HB 704, which would end a reliance on animals for safety testing cosmetics and other personal care items in the state of Hawaii. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands already sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.With current scientific advancements, non-animal tests are more reliable, effective and humane than archaic animal tests that were developed last century. The adoption of a state law will give more companies a push to stop relying on animal tests and will allow us to join California, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, as well as many countries around the world that have already taken steps toward creating only cruelty-free cosmetics.Last year, the House passed this measure, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health voted in favor of the bill. Please give your support to passage of HR 704 in 2020 and let Hawaii lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]