Do NOT Support Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, H.R. 5820

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Originally Posted: 14 Aug 2010

Do NOT Support Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, H.R. 5820

[Ed. Note: We had originally posted an alert to support H.R. 5820, and have since learned that this legislation will actually cause an increase in the number of animals used. If you already contacted your Representatives to support this, we apologize and ask that you contact them and urge them to OPPOSE it.]

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Contact your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to OPPOSE H.R. 578, Safe Cosmetics Act, especially the section concerning the use of alternatives to animal testing. This legislation would INCREASE the number of animals used.


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We're carefully watching a bill that was recently introduced in Congress. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA) aims to ensure the safety of all cosmetics ingredients. Sounds great, right? I know I don't want to smear toxic chemicals on my face or swipe them across my lips.

On the surface, the SCA looks wonderful: Even the language in support of alternatives to animal testing is good. However, even though the bill supports the development of—and requires the use of—non-animal testing methods whenever possible, most "safety" testing is still performed on animals using tests that were designed in the 1930s and '40s. These tests fail to provide reliable information that can be used to protect people, and their continued use would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals.

To provide greater protection to people and animals and to ensure that U.S. manufacturers will not be driven from the European market, this bill should be made consistent with the European Cosmetics Directive, which explicitly prohibits the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!