Promote Alternatives to Cosmetics and Product Testing on Animals (Massachusetts)
An Act Concerning the Use of Animals in Product Testing
Bill would require manufacturers and their contract testing facilities to use methods that replace animal testing of products and ingredients for cosmetics, household cleaners, and industrial chemicals.
Despite widespread public opposition and the availability of highly effective alternatives, tens of thousands of animals still suffer from cosmetics and product testing every year in the U.S.
Now, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation to address unnecessary experiments within the Commonwealth. An Act Concerning the Use of Animals in Product Testing (H. 966/S. 584) would require manufacturers and their contract testing facilities to use alternative testing methods instead of animal testing of products and ingredients, when such alternatives are available and will provide information of equivalent or better scientific quality and relevance. This legislation would apply to products including cosmetics, household cleaners, and industrial chemicals, such as those used in paint.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund strongly supports this bill, which was introduced by State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D-7th Middlesex) and State Sen. Mark Montigny (D-Second Bristol and Plymouth). H.966 was reported out favorably – accompanied by S.584 – by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. It was referred to the committee on House Ways and Means.
Learn more about Massachusetts’ laws protecting animals and find more opportunities to take action at aldf.org/massachusetts.