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Cosmetics Casualties

Written by PETA | August 17, 2010
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We’re carefully watching a bill that was recently introduced in Congress. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA) aims to ensure the safety of all cosmetics ingredients. Sounds great, right? I know I don’t want to smear toxic chemicals on my face or swipe them across my lips.

On the surface, the SCA looks wonderful: Even the language in support of alternatives to animal testing is good. However, even though the bill supports the development of—and requires the use of—non-animal testing methods whenever possible, most “safety” testing is still performed on animals using tests that were designed in the 1930s and ’40s. These tests fail to provide reliable information that can be used to protect people, and their continued use would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals.

To provide greater protection to people and animals and to ensure that U.S. manufacturers will not be driven from the European market, this bill should be made consistent with the European Cosmetics Directive, which explicitly prohibits the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Please check back for updates—we’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, you can help animals now by contacting your members of Congress about another important piece of legislation that needs stronger language to require the use of non-animal testing methods. You can also help protect animals by only buying products from cruelty-free companies.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Having just recovered from an eye infection brought on by irritation received by accidently getting shampoo in my eye I have an idea of how much pain that poor rabbit is in. I am very careful about which cosmetics I buy making sure they are cruelty free and what the ingredients are. The only way cosmetic companies will truly listen is if their bottom line suffers for their deafness.

  • Andrea says:

    This amongst other things is proof of how our species has such blatant disregard for life of any other species. Like the fur industry the cosmetic industry is praying on animals to ‘secure’ their product and push it on people… and for what? Beauty products? uck you to any company using animals for testing… particularly for testing of such a unnecessary line of items… and in the end… how accurate are you?! I’m pretty sure our biological makeup differs from that of a rabbit or any other type of animal used… These types of stories always make me think of amazing movie ideas… a company kidnapping people to test their products the way animals are forced to do so… I bet thousands of watches would cring and hide their eyes at a horror movie of that sorts… but would they look at their products to see if they’re tested on vulnerable animals? Doubtful.

  • Leslie says:

    awh. poor babies