Victory! Senate Says No to Blinding and Poisoning Animals for Cosmetics

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Update (October 5, 2022): Victory! Your emails worked! The U.S. Senate removed a dangerous provision from the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements Act of 2022 that would have prohibited states from banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics and would have invalidated such laws already on the books.

Now we need to get the bipartisan FDA Modernization Act passed. This landmark piece of legislation would change the agency’s arcane rules that require deadly drug testing on animals.

The Senate has already passed this game-changing bill, so it’s critical that you urge your U.S. representative to support it.

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A dangerous provision that could reverse progress in preventing animals from being tortured and killed in cosmetics tests made it into Senate Bill 4348. Language was added to SB 4348, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements Act of 2022 (FDASLA), that would create an obstacle for states that want to protect animals from these deadly tests.

Specifically, Section 614 of the FDASLA would preempt state laws that ban such tests. California’s 2018 law that banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals and similar laws on the books in seven other states would be erased and invalidated. If Congress passes this provision, painful and unnecessary tests on animals in the cosmetics industry could continue and states would be prohibited from banning them in the future.

We need to act fast—please contact your U.S. senators and ask them to remove this provision from SB 4348!

Please call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to connect with your senators and tell them the following:

As your constituent, I ask that you strike Section 614 from SB 4348, the Senate’s FDA user fee bill. This provision would result in the use of animals in unnecessary cosmetics tests and would take away states’ rights to pass their own laws banning such tests.

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