STATE POLLING DATA:
When a consumer buys cosmetics' products, like eye shadow, lipstick, eyeliner, etc. they do not realize how many animals have died through testing these products to make sure they are safe for humans to use. 14 million laboratory animals, such as dogs, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, die each year during this safety testing of products. These animals are not testing products that will save human lives or prevent illness or disease. A common test used to test products on animals is the "Draize Test." This test consists of clipping or holding back the animals' eyes and placing carefully measured drops of a substance into the eyes until blindness or permanent damage to the eyes occurs. Many animals die from ulcers, bleeding, or broken necks after this test. Several alternative tests have been developed that do not require harm to animals, but Federal laws only protect consumers and producers who use authorized tests like the Draize Test.
WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO:
This bill would ban all testing on animals with products that are not directly related to the prevention of illness, disease, or death. The Food and Drug Administration would be funded to hire inspectors who would verify compliance with this law. Penalties for violations of this law will be considered felonies and punishments will start with fines starting at $50,000 for each occurrence and prison terms from 2-15 years for subsequent or particularly egregious offense.
This bill will prevent unnecessary cruelty to animals. Many alternatives exist for the testing of consumer products that do not involve animals. Computer software, vegetable substitutes [pumpkin rind], and synthetic substances are just a few. The killing or maiming of animals for non-essential (i.e. non-life threatening or disease prevention) consumer products is inexcusable for an intelligent, caring society of rational citizens.
There are two fundamental reasons why this bill should be defeated. First, it will cost a large amount of money to enforce and set of regulations that will not safeguard consumers from defective products. Second, Tests that are especially egregious to animals should not be conducted, but banning all testing is an unreasonable burden to place on manufacturers of products that consumers want to purchase and use. Is it the responsibility of the government to tell consumers what products they can or cannot acquire? Are not individuals imbued with the ability to make responsible decisions on their own?
Passage of this bill not only protects animals from unnecessarily cruel and deadly testing, but it makes a statement about how our society values all life.