Promote Alternatives to Cosmetics and Product Testing on Animals (Massachusetts)
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.
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation to address unnecessary experiments within the Commonwealth. An Act promoting humane cosmetics and other household products by limiting the use of animal testing (H.850/S.1424) would require manufacturers and their contract testing facilities to use alternative testing methods instead of animal testing of cosmetics and household products and their 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. It does not apply to testing done for medical research, including testing of drugs or medical devices.
This humane cosmetics and product testing legislation is sponsored by Representative Jack Patrick Lewis (D-7th Middlesex) and Senator Mark Montigny (D-Second Bristol and Plymouth). The senate bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health, and the House version was referred to the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
If you live in Massachusetts, please urge your state legislators to support this important animal protection bill.
Learn more about Massachusetts’ laws protecting animals and find more opportunities to take action at aldf.org/massachusetts.