Put an end to an­i­mal test­ing

The Citizens' Voice - - EDITORIAL -

Ed­i­tor: Many peo­ple are sur­prised to learn that an­i­mals are still used to test in­gre­di­ents in makeup, per­sonal care, and ev­ery­day house­hold prod­ucts. How­ever, sur­veys show that when prop­erly in­formed about an­i­mal suf­fer­ing, con­sumers will choose to go cru­elty-free. Brands that do or don’t test can be found on Leap­ing­bunny. org.

Af­ter all, an­i­mals have emo­tions and pos­sess unique in­tel­li­gence and sen­si­tiv­ity. And just like us, they ex­pe­ri­ence fear and pain. And what could be more fright­en­ing and painful than hav­ing chem­i­cals forced into your eyes, down your throat, or rubbed on sen­si­tive skin?

The Amer­i­can Anti-vivi­sec­tion So­ci­ety is a leader in the fight to end an­i­mal test­ing. To max­i­mize their ef­fec­tive­ness, they en­gage with a di­verse group of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional part­ners, in­clud­ing sci­en­tists who rec­og­nize that an­i­mal test­ing is not only cruel, but un­re­li­able as a pre­dic­tor of safety in hu­mans.

Through the out­reach to con­sumers Amer­i­can An­ti­vivi­sec­tion So­ci­ety has been very suc­cess­ful, but a law is needed in the U.S. to ban an­i­mal test­ing for cos­met­ics and their in­gre­di­ents. Amer­i­can Anti-vivi­sec­tion So­ci­ety is uniquely po­si­tioned to in­flu­ence de­ci­sive ac­tion on leg­is­la­tion. For over 130 years, Amer­i­can Anti-vivi­sec­tion So­ci­ety has brought in­formed ex­per­tise and de­ter­mi­na­tion to com­bat­ting an­i­mal ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Through their pro­grams and cam­paigns, they pro­mote sci­en­tific al­ter­na­tive meth­ods, pro­vide sanc­tu­ary to an­i­mals from labs, present hu­mane sci­ence teach­ing tools to ed­u­ca­tors, pub­lished the most trusted cru­elty-free list, and pro­tect dogs and cats from un­scrupu­lous deal­ers.

Though out­reach to con­sumers has been very suc­cess­ful, a voice is needed for the Hu­mane Cos­met­ics Act (H.R.2790) to urge Congress to end un­nec­es­sary an­i­mal suf­fer­ing by pass­ing this leg­is­la­tion. Pa­tri­cia Marks Wilkes-barre

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