Cosmetics Testing: End the Use of Animals in Personal Care Product Testing

The Physicians Committee

Cosmetics Testing: End the use of animals in personal care product testing


California residents, show your support for the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act by saying #YesOnSB1249! This bill passed the California Assembly and Senate and is now on the Governor’s desk—the final step before becoming law! Please ensure that Governor Jerry Brown receives your support for SB 1249 by submitting a comment through his website.

After selecting 'Have comment', enter your name and e-mail address, and then choose the correct 'Subject' in the drop-down menu by scrolling down to "SB01249\Animal testing: cosmetics." On the next page, please select 'Pro' as your 'Position' and then enter a short message in support of SB 1249. 

Every year, tens of thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are killed to test cosmetics in the United States alone. The experiments—developed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s—usually involve applying chemicals or products to animals’ shaved skin or eyes. But it’s difficult to interpret what animal test results mean for humans, because each species reacts differently to various substances.

There are many cheaper and faster alternative methods that produce more accurate information. Examples include artificial human skin and robotic technology that can screen thousands of chemicals at once using cells grown in the lab.

Learn more about worldwide efforts to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing: