Testing on animals to demonstrate the safety of cosmetics, such as lipsticks and shampoo, is cruel and unnecessary. The cruelty is obvious, but the testing is equally unnecessary because there are alternatives that are more effective. Rather than forcing substances down the throats of guinea pigs or dripping them into the eyes of rabbits, cosmetic companies should utilize the thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use or use humane alternatives (such as computer models and human cells) to test new ingredients. In fact, many companies are already using these alternatives to animals which are faster, cheaper, and more predictive of the human body. Unfortunately, there are still many companies that do not.
There is currently a bill before the Maryland State Senate (SB 729) prohibiting the production and sale of cosmetics in Maryland that have been tested on animals. Similar laws have already passed in California, Illinois, and Nevada. There are also a growing number of bans around the word, including in the European Union, Israel, India, Australia, South Korea, and Taiwan. Maryland should be next.
Please sign this petition and support SB 729 to protect animals and consumers.