Activate for Animals – August 2017

Help Animals

Support the Humane Cosmetic Act

Everyone wants to know that the cosmetic, personal care, and household products they use are cruelty-free. One way to be certain that the products you use are free of animal testing is to look for the Leaping Bunny Logo! Leaping Bunny is a cruelty-free certification that vets companies to ensure that they are not testing on animals and/or using animal tested ingredients. But wouldn’t be great if there was a law prohibiting the use of animals in testing cosmetics and other beauty products? Yes, it would!

The Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA), H.R. 2790, is a bipartisan bill that would end cosmetic animal testing by both private companies and the federal government, as well as prohibit the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. AND, importantly, the HCA would also cover mice and rats, who, although comprising about 95 percent of all animals in labs, are specifically excluded from the protections of the Animal Welfare Act. The bill has gained 63 cosponsors, but more are needed.

There’s no good reason to use animals in cosmetics testing, but there are many reasons to end the practice:

  • It’s unnecessary because the federal government doesn’t require animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Humane testing methods are available and widely accepted.
  • More than two-thirds of American voters believe that cosmetics should not be tested on animals.
  • Industry supports the HCA, and 195 compassionate companies have endorsed the bill.
  • More than 30 countries around the world prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics.

Now it’s time for Congress to support the Humane Cosmetics Act!

Contact your Representative and ask him/her to help end the use of animals in cosmetics testing by co-sponsoring the HCA.


In the News

Animalearn, ARDF Recognized at International Event

Last week, Animalearn and the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) attended the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. Along with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, they presented a poster, “Introducing the 3R Concepts into Pre-College Classrooms,” which shared results of a survey of K-12 science teachers. A key finding was that over 90% of respondents believed that their students would benefit from learning more about alternatives to animal testing. Of the hundreds of scientific posters, this one was selected for an award from the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments. Many thanks to JSAAE!


3D Printing: Organs for Transplant

Currently, about 900,000 patients die every year while waiting for an organ transplant, so there is an overwhelming shortage in viable human organs. However, scientists at Chalmers University in Sweden are using 3D printing technology in the hopes of creating human organs that can be transplanted into human patients. They’ve already overcome one hurdle in developing a standard bio-ink they hope to sell. L’Oreal has also developed a 3D printing system to make human skin that can be used in toxicity testing instead of animals.


China Cloning Pigs for Organ Transplant

In China, scientists are turning to pigs and xenotransplantation to help alleviate a shortage in donor organs. Pigs have been genetically engineered using CRISPR technology, which can cut harmful segments of DNA with more precision than other methods, and then cloned. As is typical in cloning, few of the cloned embryos were viable enough to be used and implanted into sows. There is no way of knowing how many animals have been and will continued to be used in this study. Meanwhile, in Sweden, researchers are using human cells to make human organs that could be less likely to have serious complications.


Hurricane Harvey: Stories from the First Wave

Among the many stories of people being evacuated from their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas, there are several that include the rescue of companion animals. The inclusion of pets in federal guidelines for disaster planning occurred following Hurricane Katrina and reports of numerous people refusing to evacuate because they did not want to abandon their animals, despite the dangers. The article linked here mentions animal organizations active in relief and rescue operations that might benefit from contributions.