This week’s Take Action Thursday recognizes World Week for Animals in Laboratories with calls to end the use of animals for cosmetics testing.
While many people would rather not think about what is happening to animals whose lives are spent confined in laboratory cages and subjected to unimaginable suffering, we know that NAVS supporters like you share our concern and our desire to make a difference —during World Week for Animals in Laboratories, and all year long. Please take action on these advocacy items today —and share them widely on social media to ensure that our voices are heard.
Urge passage of the federal Humane Cosmetics Act
The Humane Cosmetics Act, HR 2790, would require private and governmental entities to end their use of animals to test for the safety of cosmetics within a year of its passage. Testing cosmetics on animals is an indefensible waste of animal lives and the cause of needless suffering when reliable non-animal safety tests have been available for years. With the growing support for passage of this legislation, now is the time to bring it to a vote.
Please ask your Representative to call for a hearing on the Humane Cosmetics Act so that it can become law in 2018.
Encourage statewide bans on animal-based cosmetics testing
Until the federal government takes action to ensure that no animal testing is taking place across the country, individual states have been introducing—and passing—their own laws. California, New Jersey, New York and, most recently, Virginia have enacted statewide bans on testing cosmetics and personal care items on animals when alternative tests are available.
Currently, three more states are considering statewide cruelty-free cosmetics bans, and two of the states with testing bans are looking to strengthen their protection of animals by also banning the sale of some animal-tested products.
Please help support these legislative efforts by clicking on your state’s name, below, and encouraging your elected officials to help protect animals from harm.
California and New York, which already have laws on the books banning cosmetics testing on animals, are now considering legislation that would also ban some sales of animal-tested cosmetics from outside the state.
What else can you do?
If your state has not yet introduced or enacted cruelty-free cosmetics legislation, there’s never been a better time to encourage action. Please contact your elected officials today and ask that they introduce a ban on testing cosmetics on animals in your state. Our pre-written letter even includes model legislative language that they can use in drafting their own bill.
Want to do even more? Visit the NAVS Advocacy Center to TAKE ACTION on behalf of animals in your state and around the country. And please make a donation today to support the advancement of humane legislation across the U.S.