Target: Representative Joseph Pitts, Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health
Goal: End cruel cosmetic testing on animals with a country-wide ban on the practice and sale of products tested on animals.
A ban on cosmetic testing on animals was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Martha McSally of Arizona. Not only would the bill ban testing on animals, it would also ban the sale and transportation of such products within the United States. More than 30 nations have taken action to ban cosmetic testing on animals. However, several developed nations, including Canada and the United States, have yet to put an end to this outdated and cruel practice.
During cosmetic testing, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice are exposed to ingredients found in cosmetics like lipstick, shampoo, and nail polish. To test a product’s skin and eye irritation, products are rubbed on animals, while others may be force-fed to animals in order to test for everything from birth defects to causes of death.
There are countless alternatives to animal testing. Companies can produce products with safe materials instead of testing new materials on animals. They can also use science’s technical advancements to replace the use of animals with more modern and cruelty-free options, like artificial skin that replaces the need for animal skin.
Representative McSally’s proposed legislation would put an end to cosmetic testing on defenseless animals. Countless nations have already taken steps to end this inhumane practice. It is America’s turn to ban animal testing. Sign the petition to voice your support for Representative McSally’s bill, which is currently sitting in the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health, where is has remained for over a year.
Dear Representative Pitts,
Over a year ago, Representative Martha McSally introduced a law that would ban the testing of cosmetics on animals in addition to banning any sale or transportation of such cosmetics. If this bill was made into a law, America would join more than 30 other nations on a growing list of countries banning animal testing.
Millions of defenseless animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice would be spared from cruelty such as purposeful skin and eye irritation and death. In this scientifically advanced age, there is no reason animals should still be used in laboratories to test nail polish and lipstick.
However, the bill has remained inactive in your Subcommittee on Health. I ask you and the other members of the committee to take action on this bill so that is has a better chance of becoming law and so that this cruel and outdated practice can be brought to an end.
[Your Name Here]
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