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California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Attracts a Crowd

SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, drew a lively crowd to the State Capitol on Tuesday. In addition to support from groups such as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Social Compassion in Legislation, the Humane Society of the United States, and PETA, businesses Lush Cosmetics and Ben & Jerry’s also turned out, giving away free products while encouraging advocates in attendance to send messages to state assemblymembers.

Doctors Tells Govt. Ditch Dairy in Response to $50 Million Milk Bailout

WASHINGTON—Ditch the disease-causing dairy! That’s what the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit with 12,000 doctor members—says in response to a government plan to spend $50 million bailing out dairy farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will funnel 13 million gallons of milk into federal food programs, such as the National School Lunch Program.

SB 1249 (Galgiani), the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee 11 to 6

SACRAMENTO—In a 11-6 vote, the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee passed Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, at a hearing on Wednesday that drew dozens of passionate supporters to the State Capitol. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, SB 1249 would make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with limited exceptions.

Doctors Allege Corruption as Agencies Promote Dairy-Based Infant Formulas Over Breastfeeding

WASHINGTON—In response to Trump administration opposition to a resolution supporting the health benefits of breastfeeding, the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—has filed a Petition for Investigation with the Inspectors General of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Physicians Committee Welcomes EPA Plan Promoting Alternatives to Animal Tests

On June 22, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Strategic Plan to Promote the Development and Implementation of Alternative Test Methods Within the TSCA Program. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century (LCSA), which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), required EPA to publish this strategic plan to reduce and replace vertebrate animal testing within two years after the date of its enactment.

SB 1249, California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Judiciary Committee with 9-0 Vote

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act passed by a vote of 9 to 0 in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. SB 1249 would make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals.

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