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Animal Defenders International

Letter to Member of Congress - Humane Cosmetics Act

Posted: 19 March 2014. Updated: 26 October 2018

Please feel free to use the following letter to send to your Member of Congress.

Dear [Member of Congress]

I urge you to support the Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790), introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and supported by 173 bipartisan cosponsors. The Humane Cosmetics Act seeks to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients in the US, and to prohibit the sale and transport of animal-tested cosmetic products.

There is widespread public support for a ban – a 2015 Gallup poll identified more than two-thirds of US citizens are “concerned” or “very concerned” regarding the plight of animals suffering in research, with a third saying animals should have the same rights as humans. A 2015 Nielson poll found most consumers considered “not tested on animals” as the most important packaging claim, with 43% willing to pay more for such products.

Similar prohibitions are already in force in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Another bill is under consideration in Canada, and the EU Parliament has now called for a worldwide ban. Given the increasing change on this front, HR2790 would enable trade standardization for companies who already must meet cruelty-free requirements for 1.5 billion consumers in the global marketplace. Hundreds of cruelty-free cosmetic companies now thrive in North America, and the market increasingly demands humane products.

The Humane Cosmetics Act can end terrible animal suffering, and support the growing field of advanced technologies replacing outdated protocols with cheaper, more reliable alternatives.

Please support the Humane Cosmetics Act, to bring the United States in line with modern practice and the majority of US citizens, and end needless suffering of animals in cosmetic testing.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Yours truly

  • Read more about The Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill to ban cosmetics tests on animals in the US

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