True Beauty is Cruelty-Free: Support the Humane Cosmetics Act!

True Beauty is Cruelty-Free: Support the Humane Cosmetics Act!

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For the sake of new lipstick shades, skin creams, or shampoo formulas, animals endure torturous tests and suffer in silence in laboratories. The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2019 would eliminate cruel and ineffective testing and would also ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics throughout the United States. Please urge your U.S. legislators to support the Humane Cosmetics Act today!

The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2019, introduced in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 5141) and the Senate (S. 2886), would end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S. by prohibiting the use of animals to test cosmetics and would make it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or knowingly transport in interstate commerce any cosmetic that was developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing.

The Food and Drug Association (FDA) defines a cosmetic as "articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions." Under this definition, cosmetics can include eye and facial makeup, nail polish, shampoo, conditioner, hair color, skincare, perfume, deodorants, unmedicated body lotions and creams, and more.

Cosmetics animal testing includes outdated, scientifically unreliable methods of determining the safety of a product. For these tests, innocent animals, including rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs, are confined, restrained, and exposed to finished cosmetic products or ingredients included in a product’s formula.

Skin and eye irritation tests include dripping chemicals into animals’ eyes or rubbing chemicals onto their shaved skin to observe the results, which may include burns, lesions, bleeding, ulcers, and loss of vision. Animals are also forced to inhale substances or subjected to force-feeding studies in which they are forced to ingest chemicals over prolonged periods of time to observe the effects, which may range from general illness to cancer, seizures, birth defects, death, or anything in between. For "lethal dose" tests, animals are forced to consume large amounts of a test substance to determine the dose that kills them.

The FDA does not require animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.

These tests are not only cruel, but they have long been proven to be unnecessary, inefficient, and inconclusive. Although the anatomy of humans and that of other animals appear to be similar, all species respond differently to chemicals. The way a rabbit or mouse responds to a specific substance may be entirely different from a human’s response or even to each other. If a substance is determined to be safe for one animal species through these tests, it may not be safe for human use, which renders the test to be inconclusive and unnecessary. To make these tests even more tragic, the animals used are mercilessly killed once testing concludes, often by suffocation, decapitation, or neck-breaking.

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