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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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  • Gayle Mikla says:

    This is cruel and unnecessary! Please stop all animal testing! And don’t give me the crap that it’s necessary! There have got to be other ways if you were willing to use them. Other countries are humane enough not to test on animals. And we don’t need more cosmetics or more test for smoking, which is also tested on animals. We already know it causes cancer for gosh sakes!

  • Holly Malarney says:

    Animals should not be used for testing of any kind. It is not only essentially animal abuse, it does not provide the accurate results that are provided by humane tests that are available and do not use animals.

  • Tony Beard says:

    Testing cosmetics on animals is disgusting If you want to use a new cosmetic try it on yourself,don’t make animals suffer just so you can look good.

  • LBS says:

    I will not use products that have been tested on animals.

  • Debbie Gardinier says:

    I thought we were making head way in getting animal testing replaced with simulated situations or removing the requirement altogether. This is 2014, we don’t need to keep re-doing testing on animals that we already know the results. I am totally opposed to animal testing. We do not need the big companies pushing to get the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 passed.

    Please STOP this.

  • This is so shocking for these poor animals leave them alone.

  • jennifer mcguinness says:

    All animals deserve respect, love, and care!!

  • Kim Sonderman says:

    There is absolutely no reason to use animals in testing of any kind. Cruelty should never be an option. We need to place value on ALL life – not just the human kind.

  • I do not buy products tested on animals, thus many of my cosmetics come from Europe where such testing if banned. How could I possibly feel “beautiful” knowing the horrors that a precious animal suffered.

  • Ava Ciliberti says:

    I want Beauty without Cruelty. This is inhumane and unneccessary !

  • Brenda Martin says:

    This is completely unnecessary and I refuse to buy any products that employ animal testing.

  • Ellen Wexler says:

    This is a completely unnecessary.We all know that this is just another way to get more money at the expense of innocent creatures. PLEASE DO NOT PASS THIS LEGISLATION, EVER.

  • Fabiola Ortega says:

    People, we were able to put men on the moon, let’s keep our vision on tomorrow. STOP COSMETIC TESTING ON ANIMALS!!! Please invest on choices that will keep us human.

  • toni lubka says:

    I will never buy products that are tested on animals. Haven’t in a very long time. And seeing things like this make me know I’m doing the right thing. There are other ways to test products.

    Read more: http://www.peta.org/blog/stop-cosmetics-animal-testing/#ixzz2tUGHkAJB

  • Molly Mendez says:

    There is no reason for us to still be testing cosmetics on animals. I support a ban on testing cosmetics and beauty products on animals.

  • beth sundberg-leoni rn, bsn, ccrn, tncc says:

    I will never use a product or buy anything from a company that uses animal testing.

  • Heather says:

    Stop testing on animals

  • Ozzie Benson says:

    Animal TESTING is a CRIME against any animal, its completely wrong and we must BAN this awful practice. This sort of thing belonged to dark ages where torture of animals and men were the norm, we are no longer blind to the suffering that “animal testing” brings on people. END IT!!!

  • Cassandra Anderson says:

    I would never buy any cosmetic or hair product that was tested on animals. I would go without or buy something different. This is absolutely insane and sends us right back to the dark ages I would like to know the stupid jerk that proposed this.

  • Catherine says:

    I make sure any cosmetics are against animal testing

  • This is abominable! No life is more important than another. How can we as human beings treat another sentient beings with no regard for their life and suffering?

  • Barbara Davis says:

    Ban animal testing! There is already enough info for companies to know what does harm It should NOT be big business to abuse animals. Boycott products that do test!!

  • Fairy Coyle says:

    Consumerism says we do not have enough cosmetics. Puke on the sadists. Public safety my…well you know what. The public does not need to be protected in this way.

  • Christine V says:

    This has to stop! As if there weren’t enough cosmetics in the market already – most of which do not respect the “NO TESTING ON ANIMALS” POLICY! Enough is enough!

  • Anne Maher says:

    This is abhorrent. Follow Europe’s lead and cease this cruel and unnecessary testing on live and feeling creatures. I don’t need any products developed in this manner whatsoever.

  • Andrew Balazs says:

    Is there no end to barbarism in the United Staters?

  • Michele C. says:

    We need to stop this cruelty. It is totally unnecessary!

  • Sheila Tran says:

    Quit making excuses to torture poor animals for needless testing!

  • Jen says:

    I’ve been boycotting Gillete and P&G products for years because I’ve been told they still do animal testing. I will continue to boycott all products that do these needless tests! Haven’t missed much in doing so.

  • Arlene Ruksza-Lenz says:

    It is cruel and unnecessary to “test” on animals-which does not even approximate how products are actually used. Other countries have banned it. So should the US!

  • S.A.Guilland says:

    Please do not test on animals , period.

    Would you agree to the torture your dog or cat?

    I stopped buying Avon because of reported lab testing on animals in China, I don’t need any makeup that bad.

    Please show mercy to all animals.
    Thank you.

  • Cathy Rogan says:

    I would NEVER buy cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Why ? Because it is CRUEL and completely unnecessary.

  • Lynette Beacham says:

    Anyone supporting animal testing for human cosmetics is so far out of touch with reality as to be seriously in need of a mental assessment. These tests have NO bearing on the final product and prove only that they are dangerous to the animals tortured with them by these sadists. These people are class a fools or they have personal stakes in the supply of these unfortunate animals!

  • Geraldine E. Rodgers says:

    Such a piece of legislation would shame our country. It is utterly disgusting.

  • Dorothy Pasko says:

    The FDA is supposed to do good, not more harm. Animals should not be harmed to test some new cosmetic just so it can have bragging rights that it is safer than the others. What a lot of bull cookies. STOP all animal testing for ANY REASON. The FDA will regain its formerly prestigious regard and the public will appreciate it.

  • Ann-Marie Tessier says:

    Animal testing is morally wrong.

  • In the modern world we can do better than this. There is no reason or excuse for testing cosmetics on animals. We need to stop abusing our power over other species and treat them with the respect, empathy and compassion they deserve. Many people, and the number is growing, will not buy cosmetics that have such a cruel and evil history.

  • Carol Hansen says:

    I wold NEVER buy cosmetics/products that have had animal testing…this is barbaric.

  • Cyndi says:

    I do not purchase any cosmetic that I know is tested on animals. I have found some wonderful cruelty free products!

  • Kris Schmidt says:

    Please catch up with the European Union and other compassionate countries. I refused to buy products tested on animals.

  • maryanne slaght says:

    stop all animal testing! it is barbaric!

  • ann marchant says:

    this is dreadful these poor animals you must stop this!

  • Judith A. Castiano says:

    There is no need for animal testing unless these companies ENJOY torture and get their kicks from seeing innocent, defenseless animals suffering horrifically! Animal testing has been banned in many other countries, why on earth would we want to go down the road of barbarity?? I will use ONLY cruelty free products and have found all the products to be excellent and I have suffered no harm in using them! Please DO NOT start torturing these poor animals for whatever excuse is being bandied about. They DO NOTHING to make sure the public is healthier. The sponsors must either be counting on making bigger $$$$ or they have a Nazi mentality or both! This bill is USELESS, IMMORAL AND JUST WRONG!!!!

  • CMG says:

    STOP ALL THIS TORTURE!

  • Tricia Minter says:

    I do not agree that it is necessary to use animals for any kind of testing. It is cruel and it is inhumane to subject any living creature to this kind of primitive torture. I am shocked and disappointed to hear that the USA is still doing this. I am also unable to comprehend the kind of human being capable of performing these despicable tests on our precious, innocent animals. Please stop.

  • When will they learn to do things without causing all this pain and fear to all these animals

  • Karen Trapani says:

    No, No, No. Stop the animal testing. This is not necessary!
    Be Humane Please!

  • kathy says:

    With all the non-living-being testing options out there, there is absolutely no reason to test on any living being. This practice needs to be stopped. It is cruel. It is not necessary!!

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