When someone goes to get a new cosmetic, they should only have to worry about things like what shade of lipstick would they wear most; is their scalp dry, normal, or oily; do they really want to smell like pumpkin spice or would a plain unscented lotion be best? Unfortunately, there are many more serious issues, like negative environmental and health impacts, that we need to keep in mind when shopping for cosmetics. One of these issues to keep in mind is animal testing.

Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Product Safety Commission in the U.S. don’t require animal testing, many companies continue to test their products and ingredients on animals. This is both unnecessary and extremely cruel. The regulations for animal testing do not prevent animals from suffering and many companies violate these regulations anyways. The poor animals in these labs are poisoned, restrained, cut open, burned, and subject to so many other forms of torture. Furthermore, most of these animals are euthanized after their trials are over (if the tests do not kill them first.)

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Fortunately, many countries, states, and companies are working towards eliminating the cruel practice of animal testing. With humane alternatives and the fact that many animal tests don’t accurately predict how products will affect humans, there is no reason for this cruel practice to continue. The Humane Cosmetics Act would make it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetics and eventually ban the sale of products and ingredients that were made using animal testing. The legislation was introduced with bipartisan support in the 113th and 114th Congress, but was never passed out of committee. Help push for the reintroduction and passage of landmark legislation that could end the suffering of millions of animals who are needlessly tortured and killed to test cosmetics in the U.S. Sign this petition asking your representative to support and co-sponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act.

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