The Personal Care Products Safety Act, S 726, under consideration by the Senate, would ensure that personal care products sold to consumers, as well as the ingredients that comprise the products, are safe. Importantly, while the final wording is still being deliberated, this bill is also intended to ensure that cosmetics and personal care products manufactured or sold in the U.S. are no longer tested on animals.
There are many non-animal safety tests in use in the U.S. and around the world. Many of these tests, which are more predictive, reproducible and less expensive than traditional animal tests, have been used for decades, without a loss of safety to the public.
It is time to move forward with federal legislation, even as states are working to ensure that their state no longer sells animal-tested personal care products to the public. The federal Humane Cosmetics Act, which would have also eliminated animal testing for personal care products, was considered by the House during the past several years, yet never received a hearing or a vote. It is essential that the Committee Chair know that there is substantial public support for this current bill in order for it to move forward.
Please CALL the Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senator Lamar Alexander, at 202-224-4944, and ask that his committee move forward with consideration of this bill in 2019.
In addition to supporting legislative action, we can all make a personal commitment to support companies that do not test on animals.
Making a pledge to live cruelty-free is a big step, but NAVS makes it even easier by providing a convenient online Cruelty-Free Product Guide, allowing you to look up companies and products that have not been tested on animals. As a member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and its internationally-recognized Leaping Bunny Program, NAVS provides reliable information on companies and their testing policies.