Animal testing for cosmetics is cruel and unnecessary. In traditional animal tests, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats have substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes, or smeared onto their skin before they are killed. Fortunately, companies can create products using thousands of available ingredients that have a history of safe use and do not require new testing.
For new ingredients, where animal testing may currently be used, many non-animal methods have been, and continue to be, developed. Cosmetic companies must substantiate safety of their products and ingredients before selling them but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing. This bill aligns Maryland with the global trend toward eliminating cosmetic animal testing by prohibiting the selling, offering for sale, or transporting within the State of any cosmetic if the final product or a component ingredient of the product was subject to new animal testing.
If you live in District 33, please contact Senator Reilly ont the Senate Finance Committee where the bill will be heard.
*If your are not D33 and your Rep serves on the Senate Finance Committee, please contact them in support of SB 729 today!
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