UPDATE: Virginia Becomes 4th State to Outlaw Animal-Tested Cosmetics

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In a major victory for animals, Virginia just became the fourth U.S. state to ban animal-tested cosmetics by signing the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act into law last Friday.

Thank you to the more than 35,000 supporters who signed Lady Freethinker’s petition to end cruel animal testing from entering the state, and all of the activists who worked to help this bill pass.

Introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory, the new law prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2022.

Virginia joins California, Nevada, and Illinois, while a larger effort to ban these products federally continues to gain bipartisan support.  Animal testing involves cruel and inhumane procedures, such as dripping shampoo into rabbits’ eyes although the animals don’t have tear ducts to wash out the irritating product, and feeding mice enough of a cosmetic until they die to determine a “lethal dose.”

Cosmetic animal testing started during the 1940s as the only “realistic” technology for testing makeup on human skin, but experts now consider it ineffective and outdated, CBS 19 reported. Some research bodies– including the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) — are shifting completely away from animal testing due to both the cruelty involved and the problematic differences between animal and human genetic makeups.

“Greater than 90 percent of drugs and vaccines fail in human clinical trials, despite showing signs of safety and efficacy in animal and traditional laboratory tests,” said CCS’s Director of Science and Technology Jarrod Bailey. “We, therefore, need, urgently, to shift the focus of biomedical research and testing away from animals and towards hi-tech, cutting-edge human-based methods.”

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to the ban, including pharmaceutical products that are cosmetic in nature but are officially classified as drugs — serving as a reminder that there is a lot more work to do to end animal testing.

Nevertheless, this new law marks a tremendous step forward in the fight against animal cruelty.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/update-virginia-becomes-fourth-state-to-outlaw-animal-tested-cosmetics/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

New York Residents: Take Action To Band Cruel And Outdated Cosmetic Testing On Animals Throughout The State

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Karen Lapizco 3 hours ago

Cruel and unnecessary testing on animals for cosmetics and personal care products has been happening for many decades. Thankfully, a new bill has been proposed in New York that would prohibit the manufacturing and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals throughout the state.

The cosmetics industry has profited from the suffering of animals to ensure its own upward growth in the consumer market. Inside of these labs, small defenseless animals such as rats, mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs are confined in cages until they are subjected to horrific and painful experiments that are outdated and ineffective.

Animals do not respond to chemicals the same way that humans do. A chemical or product that is deemed safe for a mouse, rabbit, or for other animals may not be safe for human use.

Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not specifically require the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safety, while the cosmetics industry already has safer and more reliable testing methods that don’t cause harm to innocent animals. Hundreds of companies that have pledged not to test on animals have already proven there’s no longer any acceptable reason to torture animals for our vanity.

What you can do to help: 

Please urge your New York state legislators to VOTE YES on S4839/A5653 to save animals from unnecessary suffering in labs for cosmetics.

1. Call your New York state senator and state representative today. To identify your senator and representative and their corresponding contact information, please click the link below and enter your address. Find your New York legislators HERE!

When you call, you can simply ask to leave a message for your senator and say:

“As your constituent, I urge you to support the ban on the sales and production of animal tested cosmetics. Rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs should not die for lipsticks or shampoos. Please vote yes on S4839/A5653″

2. Please send In Defense of Animals’ letter to your New York state senator and New York state representative by filling out the form HERE!

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PETITION: SIGN: Stop Torturing Animals for Cosmetics in Virginia

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PETITION TARGET: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

During disturbing cosmetics testing on animals, defenseless bunnies and guinea pigs are tied down and force-fed potentially deadly toxins or have burning chemicals dripped into their eyes without any pain relief.

When the experiments are finally over, most of the animals exploited for these tests are killed. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require these horrifying trials for approval, and cruelty-free alternative methods — including cell culture, noninvasive human tissue, and computer model tests — are more accurate and readily available. 

And now, there is hope for animal test subjects in Virginia. The new Humane Cosmetics Act (SB1379/HB2250) — introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko and Del. Kaye Kory — would ban cosmetics tests on animals throughout the state, as well as the sale of any cosmetics developed or manufactured using animal testing.

If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia would join California, Nevada, and Illinois in banning the sale or import of animal-tested cosmetics.

The move also would put much-needed pressure on lawmakers to finally pass a federal ban in the United States at a particularly propitious time, since China — one of the world’s largest markets for cosmetics — no longer requires animal testing for general cosmetics.

Animal testing of cosmetics is already outlawed in both Europe and India, and it’s time for Virginia and the rest of the United States to put an end to this abusive and heartbreaking practice.

Sign this petition urging Gov. Northam to sign the Humane Cosmetics Act into law — ending unnecessary tests on rabbits, guinea pigs, and all animals in the state.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-torturing-animals-for-cosmetics-in-virginia/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Petition: STOP Funding Animal Testing

2,888 SUPPORTERS 5,000 GOAL  

Using government funding for researchers who conduct animal experiments yeilds inaccurate results, because what applies to one species does not apply to humans.

Stop wasting taxpayers money using outdated and scientifically unsound practices to provide a researcher a job and a cash flow doing barbaric animal experiments.

National Institutes of Health
Dr. Francis S. Collins, NIH Director

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Phone: 301-496-4000

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Using government funding for researchers who conduct animal experiments yeilds inaccurate results, because what applies to one species does not apply to humans.

Stop wasting taxpayers money using outdated and scientifically unsound practices to provide a researcher a job and a cash flow doing barbaric animal experiments.EMBED

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Outgoing EPA Administrator Announces Agency Will Not Kill Animals that Survived Experiments

The White Coat Waste Project announced a win from the Trump Administration on their last day in office. Outgoing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the agency would retire, not kill, animals that survived animal experiments.

The memorandum directed that rabies housed at the Research Triangle Laboratory be retired.

Justin Goodman, VP of Advocacy and Public Policy at 3-million-member taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project said in an emailed statement, “We’re proud to have worked with Andrew Wheeler and his colleagues to secure this last-minute pardon for survivors of EPA’s taxpayer-funded animal tests. Mr. Wheeler’s directive to retire the last of the bunnies in the EPA’s taxpayer-funded labs cements his legacy as a policy pioneer who made the once-lofty goal of ending wasteful and cruel taxpayer-funded animal tests a reality. Between this move to retire survivors of EPA animal tests and the agency’s historic decision last year to end all animal testing by 2035, the EPA has set the gold standard that all agencies should aspire to meet under the Biden Administration and beyond. Taxpayers, animal lovers, and liberty lovers in all political parties can unite behind today’s pardon.”

Read more about wasteful spending on animal testing in Rand Paul’s end of year report. 

Animal testing is a useless and unethical part of scientific research, the testing is found to be ineffective, as 95% of drugs that pass animal tests fail on humans. Numerous companies are standing up against animal testing and recently the USDA made a decision to eliminate some mammalian testing by 2025 but there’s more to be done and it’s time countries ban animal experimentation altogether as it hurts humans as well.

Sign this petition to stop animal testing!

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Monkeys steal Covid-19 test samples from health worker in India | India | The Guardian

Monkeys eating fruit on a street in Delhi

Blood samples later recovered undamaged after fears incident could have helped spread virus

Agence France-PresseFri 29 May 2020 10.06 EDT

Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with blood samples from coronavirus tests, prompting fears they could have spread the virus in the local area.

After making off with the three samples this week in Meerut, near Delhi, the monkeys scampered up nearby trees and one then tried to chew its plunder.

The sample boxes were later recovered and had not been damaged, the Meerut medical college superintendent, Dheeraj Raj, told AFP on Friday after footage of the incident went viral on social media.

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“They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread,” Raj said. He said the three people whose samples were stolen had been retested for the virus.https://interactive.guim.co.uk/2020-embeds/2020/03/country/embed/main.html?country=India#amp=1

Coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there has been no confirmation that the disease can be passed to humans from them.

India’s coronavirus death toll passed that of neighbouring China on Friday, with 175 new deaths in 24 hours taking the total to 4,706, according to official data.

India, home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities and a creaking healthcare system, is emerging as a new hotspot with record jumps in new cases in recent days.

In many rural areas, farmers regularly lose crops to monkey populations and have demanded local governments intervene to check their populations.

City authorities in Delhi have used long-tailed langur monkeys to scare away smaller primates from around the Indian parliament.

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!


See below. It’s an EMERGENCY. 

Congress is about to vote on the COVID-19 spending bill. 

Add your name to ensure not one more dime is shipped to CHINA for dog meat roundups and animal experiments. 

–Mackie 

Mackie Burr
Digital Director
White Coat Waste Project

P.S. We must gather 34,503 more signatures in the next 24 hours, or Congress won’t prioritize this. DO NOT WAIT! 

Sign Petition: https://bit.ly/2WHzJvp

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This makes me SICK! 

BREAKING: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has authorized 24 labs in China to spend YOUR TAX MONEY on animal experiments! 

As the Coronavirus ravages the nation, the feds are on a massive spending spree in China!

EMERGENCY PETITION: Rush your signature right now to permanently ban U.S. tax money from being shipped to China for animal testing!!

Sign Petition: https://bit.ly/2WHzJvp

It gets worse: one of these labs — The Wuhan Institute of Virology — is where COVID-19 is rumored to have been released from. 

“And then there is this little-known fact: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors after they have finished experimenting on them.” -NEW YORK POST

I’m sick to my stomach.

As Congress pushes the COVID-19 spending bill, we launched this new emergency petition to ensure your tax money isn’t shipped to China for animal tests or dog meat roundups. 

Will you sign and share? 

Sign Petition: https://bit.ly/2WHzJvp

EXTREMELY URGENT: We must rally at least 250,000 taxpayer signatures to generate a critical mass of support in the next 72 hours. 

Add your name to our emergency petition right now to tell Congress and the President: don’t spend one more cent of U.S. tax money on animal experiments in China! 

Please don’t wait. 

Justin Goodman
Vice President
White Coat Waste Project 

P.S. EMERGENCY PETITION: taxpayers like you should NEVER be forced to pay off China’s worst animal testing labs. And you shouldn’t be forced to pay for China’s lab animal round ups in dog and cat meat “wet markets.” Please sign and share our new petition if you agree.

Sign Petition: https://bit.ly/2WHzJvp

P&G Ends Animal Testing On Its 19 Cosmetic Brands

Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s top cosmetics brands, wants to end global cosmetic animal testing by 2023.

The global consumer goods giant announced today that it joined the #BeCrueltyFree campaign launched by animal rights nonprofit, Humane Society International (HSI). Procter & Gamble owns a total of 19 cosmetics companies, including Olay, Old Spice, Gillette, Ivory, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene.

“We are pleased to partner with the Humane Society International in the quest to end cosmetic animal testing. I’m proud of the passion and expertise our researchers have contributed already to this goal,” Kathy fish, chief research, development, and innovation officer and Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Procter & Gamble does not test products or ingredients on animals unless required by law, according to the website. The company has worked with HSI, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Humane Society Legislative Fund to develop animal-free testing methods. Over the past 40 years, Procter & Gamble has invested more than $410 million in alternative testing. It currently uses over 50 methods, half of which the company had a hand in developing.

“This partnership represents an important milestone in our efforts to end animal testing for cosmetics worldwide through our #BeCrueltyFree campaign. By working together with forward-looking companies like Procter & Gamble, we can make this ambitious goal a reality,” said Kitty Block president of HSI and HSUS.

The new collaboration will focus on mainstreaming cruelty-free testing methods and laying pressure on companies and world governments to update their policies.

“Animal testing of cosmetics not only causes unnecessary animal suffering, but it also represents outdated science,” said Troy Seidle, HSI’s vice president for research and toxicology. He stressed how working with a household name like Procter & Gamble is important to mobilizing global cosmetic animal testing bans in major markets such as the US and Canada.

A growing number of nations have implemented cosmetic animal testing over the past year. Australia announced a ban earlier this month and Colombia banned testing for cosmetics and cleaning products last September. In the US, California legislators voted unanimously to ban cosmetic animal testing this past fall.

Both Canada and the EU are working towards bans. Last November, the EU invested €500 million toward developing cruelty-free alternatives. Major brands such as Dove and CoverGirl have also recently ended their animal testing policies.

Procter & Gamble, which owns 19 cosmetics brands, is working towards a global ban on cosmetic animal testing and cruelty-free animal testing alternatives.

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