Target: Congressman Don Beyer
Goal: Thank Congressman for pledging to take the lead on an animal testing ban in the United States
Virginia Congressman Don Beyer has announced that he intends to take the lead in bringing the United States in line with Europe, India and Israel by finally banning cosmetic testing on animals. Beyer will begin to push the issue when Congress reconvenes next year, continuing the work of Senator Jim Moran, whom he will replace. A significant amount of progress has been made during the past few years to establish a ban on animal testing and we must express our gratitude to Congressman Beyer for fighting for animal rights.
Beyer is taking over where Senator Moran left off. This year, Moran introduced legislation that seeks to outlaw the sale of any cosmetics product that has been tested on animals in any way. Little animal testing is still performed in the United States, but the legislation stipulates not only the prohibition of animal testing in the U.S. but also the sale of any product that was tested on animals elsewhere. There are still several countries, such as China, which not only test cosmetics products on animals, but legally require it.
More than 140 companies have already endorsed Moran’s Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), including the Body Shop, Paul Mitchell, and Aubrey Organics. “The United States must be a world leader and not a follower,” said Senator Beyer. The Humane Society responded to Beyer’s comments on his pursuit of a federal animal testing ban, saying, “Don Beyer understands that one element of a civil society is the humane treatment of all animals, and he would work in Congress to protect these creatures from cruelty and abuse. The 8th District needs a representative who will build on Jim Moran’s outstanding body of work on animal welfare, and Don Beyer has pledged to take on issues such as puppy mills, wildlife protection and cosmetic testing on animals.”
Having a member of Congress fighting for animal rights (especially one who is concerned about protection at the federal level) is an immeasurable asset for the future of animal welfare in the United States. Please take a moment to thank Congressman Don Beyer for continuing the pursuit of a federal ban on cosmetic animal testing.
Dear Congressman Beyer,
This year your predecessor Senator Jim Moran took several key steps in improving animal welfare in the United States at the federal level, including the proposition of H.R. 4148, the “Humane Cosmetics Act” that would ban the use of animals in cosmetics testing in the United States. You have pledged to take over this initiative when Congress reconvenes and to continue the fight for animal welfare. The U.S. and China are the two major world markets that have yet to pass such a law and doing so would have a significant impact on animal testing around the world. India and the European Union have already legislated bans and China is in the process. The U.S. is the final step. As you said, the U.S. must be a leader and not a follower, particularly where animal welfare is concerned.
Thank you so much for your commitment to protecting animals from unnecessary harm and inhumane treatment. It is a significant moment when there is a member of the U.S. government seeing to it that animals get the protection and treatment they deserve.
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