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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 24, 2019 03:16 PM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibition on cosmetic testing on animals.

More than 500,000 animals are used in cosmetic testing every year in the U.S. With the rapid advances in computer technology, artificial intelligence and scientific research, the pain, isolation and fear these animals suffer is rendered unnecessary as we now have access to many suitable alternatives to animal testing. Those alternatives include computer modeling and the creation of artificial human skin in laboratories. The European Union in 2013 enacted a ban on the sale of cosmetics that had been tested on animals, and several U.S. cosmetic companies have already stepped up and pledged they will not use animal testing in production. These brands, including many popular favorites, prove that you can produce quality makeup, hair and skincare products without causing harm to animals.
It is time for Pennsylvania to join these companies and become a leader in protecting animal safety and well-being. That is why I am introducing legislation to prohibit the sale of any cosmetic product in Pennsylvania that was made using animal testing, if the testing occurred on or after January 1, 2020. The bill would also establish felony penalties for violators and provide for the safe transfer of animals of violating companies to shelter or rescue organizations. It is my hope that this legislation will not only spare the lives and livelihoods of more animals, but also encourage the development of innovative alternative testing methods and safe cosmetic ingredients that work better for all Pennsylvania consumers.
Please join me in supporting the safety and comfort of animals across the U.S. and promoting the use of the most effective, humane testing methods for animals and humans alike.