Name: Ban on Using Animals for Cosmetics Safety Testing
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.
While the federal Humane Cosmetics Act would end the use of
animals for cosmetics testing, if no action is taken again this session, it is
up to individual states to act. California, New Jersey and New York already
have state laws in place, and Massachusetts and Vermont are considering the
adoption of legislation this session. In addition, California and New York have
proposed bans on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics within their states.
ask your state legislators to consider introducing a bill in your state to
finally bring an end to cosmetics safety testing on animals, as well as to end
the sale of animal-tested products.
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Please Support the Use of Non-Animal Alternatives for Cosmetics Safety Testing
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to introduce legislation to end the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing in our state. There are numerous alternative toxicity testing methods--including cell cultures and computer simulations--that have proven to be effective and are already widely used by the cosmetics industry. With current scientific advancements, non-animal tests are more reliable, effective and humane than archaic animal tests that were developed in the last century. In fact, most cosmetics companies already use non-animal safety testing methods. The adoption of a state law will give the remaining companies a push to stop relying on archaic animal tests and will allow us to join California, New Jersey and New York, as well as many countries around the world, that have already taken this step.For your convenience, I have included a copy of a model law below. Please consider introducing this or a similar bill during the upcoming legislative session.Model Law Banning the Use of Animals for Cosmetics Safety Testing1. Definitions. As used in this chapter, "Cosmetic'' has the meaning given such term in § 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. § 321). "Cosmetic animal testing'' means the internal or external application or exposure of any cosmetic to the skin, eyes or other body part of a live non-human vertebrate for purposes of evaluating the safety or efficacy of a cosmetic. 2. Prohibited conduct. a. No person shall conduct or contract for cosmetic animal testing. This prohibition becomes effective one year after passage of this Act. b. No person shall sell, offer for sale, or transport within the State after two years of passage of this Act, any cosmetic if the final product or any component thereof was developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing that was conducted or contracted for after the effective date of this Act.3. Civil penalties. a. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation. Each violation of this chapter with respect to a separate animal, and each day that a violation of this chapter continues, constitutes a separate offense. b. In determining the amount of any civil penalty, due consideration shall be given to (i) the person's history of previous violations; (ii) the seriousness of the violation; and (iii) the demonstrated good faith of the person charged in attempting to achieve compliance with the chapter or regulation adopted thereunder after notification of the violation. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]