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Act Now to Stop Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Written by PETA | February 10, 2014

It’s no secret that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries that have banned cruel and archaic tests on animals for cosmetics and replaced them with more reliable, humane methods. The European UnionIsrael, and India have all embraced modern testing methods and ended all tests on animals for cosmetics and personal-care products. Here at home, PETA has been meeting with legislators, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and numerous corporations for many months to ensure that tests on animals for cosmetics will never be required in the U.S. But a bill currently before a congressional committee threatens to make tests on animals for some cosmetics ingredients mandatory.

Proponents of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 claim to be acting to protect public health. But the tests on animals that the bill calls for have proved time and time again to be unreliable indicators of how a product will affect humans, because animals’ physiologies are not mirror images of our own. Modern methods include testing chemicals on donated human tissue or skin cultures grown from human cells, and there are dozens of other scientifically advanced techniques. The tests are not only more reliable but also usually less expensive, and they don’t require that animals be poisoned, burned, or blinded. But if the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 passes as it is currently written, a just-published paper reports that as many as 11.5 million animals would be killed in cruel product tests in the first 10 years alone.

And the bill isn’t the only danger that animals used for cosmetics testing are facing. The cosmetics industry trade group, the Personal Care Products Council, has been negotiating for months with the FDA on possible changes to regulatory testing requirements. The most recent draft of the proposed regulations, if accepted, may also open the door to more tests on animals.

We need your help.

The victories for animals in the European Union and India were won after extensive campaigns by PETA and its affiliates that included meetings with government officials, testimony from PETA scientists, protests, ads, and e-mails from tens of thousands of animal advocates. Please follow the link below to let your congressional representatives, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Personal Care Products Council know that you support a full ban on animal tests for cosmetics. We can win a victory for animals in the U.S., too.

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  • Kim says:

    I just want to say I’ve always been an animal lover since I was a little girl 🙂 today I seen things that now have broke my heart to see ! China the dog slaughtering 🙁 those images will stick with me for the rest of my life 🙁 I ask how a human being can take cats, dogs and barely a few months old puppies and cram them in cages and skin them alive 🙁 How ? I thought here where we live in the states was cruel and is but , when I saw what’s behind China , Veitnam groosome slaughtering It was a horror movie with no end 🙁 Last the truth of Japan’s month after month of brutal slaughtering of beautiful Dolohins

  • Some animal researching facilities provide harsh treatment of the animals being used. According to the US Department of Agriculture (“Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year: 2010.”), in 2010, 97,123 animals were not given any anesthesia for relief and suffered pain during experiments. Genetically, chimpanzees are the closest relative to human beings. Chimpanzees began being used for experimentation in the early 1920’s. Commonly taken from the forests of Central and West Africa, poachers would kidnap baby chimpanzees, along with killing their mothers and then selling them to the highest bidder. When no longer needed as a test studies, chimpanzees are often are kept in cages throughout their lives, alone, scared and depressed. Nine out of every ten medicines that were deemed effective and safe in animal test studies were not effective when given to humans (“About Animal Testing”).

  • Paula Najmulski says:

    Please stop this cruelty

  • Andrea De Ruvo says:

    Stop vivisection and tests on animals..

  • Madge O'Boyle says:

    Scandalous treatment of vulnerable animals…

  • A. Gale says:

    Animals deserve respect, and animal testing is inappropriate. Sickening.

  • How can any human being think that doing this to animals is acceptable? It is an atrosity ! It is unnessssary and cruel. I hate it and the people who do it , condone it and support it by buying these products.

  • Siller says:

    Ban animal testing. What is wrong with you people? This is cruelty to animals. Instead of testing on animals, why don’t you test it on yourself? Animals have thoughts and feelings.

  • danielle stockdale says:

    All of Europe did it (and I’m sure they use more cosmetics than all of America!)…so, get with the program….@#$%^&*(_ stop making North America look like a third world country . when it comes to animal welfare…

  • leanne broadhurst says:

    Ban animal testing. Poor creatures why don’t they deserve freedom they have a heart just like us. Just because they do not speak does not mean they do not feel..

  • Bonnie Lewenza says:

    This is appalling to treat these animals so cruelly. This has to stop wise up US.

  • Hilary Szydlowski says:

    Many countries have already banned the use of live animals when testing cosmetics and have switched to alternative methods. The United States needs to make a change. It’s cruel what they are doing to these innocent animals. I think if people try to inform others about this issue, more people would be on board and help organizations like this one to get the United States to change their methods. Stop animal testing!!

  • Amanda Ehrenford says:

    What is wrong with you people?

  • as Jeff Foxworthy so aptly puts it “stupid people should carry a sign”, well as far as I am concerned anyone who could knowingly harm another living breathing sentient being, “here’s your sign”.

  • Paula Boyer says:

    THIS HAS GOT TO STOP !!!! IT IS CRUEL AND INHUMANE AND NOT NECESSARY!!! My God, what is wrong with you people??

  • cathy Dale says:

    I can’t believe this has even come up – why is this country always behind the others in humanely treating animals!

  • Vira says:

    Please stop animal testing, this is not a safe and reliable method any longer, there are plenty of humane alternatives!!

  • Tony Beard says:

    India has banned testing on animals for cosmetics the USA is taking a step backwards by wanting to start testing on animals.

  • terri says:

    I know it is unecessaqry to test animals for cosmetics they just do it because this is the type of consciousness these people have, cruelty. It is a shame animals have to suffer so women can where makeup, so sickening.

  • bettina rossi says:

    stop animal testing! it is cruel,inhumane,barbaric and archaic…..those companies that continue to test on animals(you) have innocent blood on your hands! get with the program!

  • One can only wonder why? it is totally unnecessary to test on animals. All laboratory use of any animal must forever cease.

  • Carla Beck says:

    This is anti-progress. So many new techniques have been developed in recent years that are more effective than vivisection. This is an industry that is just entrenched with bad actors.

  • Bonnie Thrahser says:

    The stupidity of people that think testing on animals makes it safe for people is so mind blowing. I cannot believe that anyone with a brain cell at all would think it is okay to so unnecessarily torture Gods beautiful creations. The ones that allow this barbaric act to continue are as guilty as the so called humans that do the testing. Shame on all of you that could stop these horrific acts and do nothing. Take if off the books and implement something that will never let it come back. You idiots that condone this should volunteer your selves for the tests, just once, to see what these precious creations have to endure for your selfish, stupid, horrific and totally unnecessary acts of torture. Again shame on the lot of you that allow it and the lot of you that do the testing. SHAME

    • Kathy Causgrove says:

      I don’t think any one of us would trade places with these precious little beings, what does that tell you. If you would not want it done to yourself, how can we continue to allow these horrible things be done to innocent creatures that cannot help themselves, we need to stand up for them.