The GA House Rabbit Society June newsletter shared the following information on how we can help support the humane treatment of all rabbits. Recently, victories have been won against animal testing. The European Union placed a ban on animal testing in 2009, and in March of 2013 they banned the import and sale of cosmetic newly tested on animals or containing ingredients tested on animals, regardless of where such tests are conducted.
Here in the U.S. good news comes from U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) by introducing a federal bill called The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148). This Bill aims to end cosmetics animal testing throughout the country. If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act will end the use of inhumane animal testing methods in favor of cost effective testing alternatives and phase-out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in foreign countries. It would also ensure that only safe products tested with cutting edge technology, enter the American market.
Do you support the humane treatment of animals? When you do your dishes and your laundry, ask yourself if you want to give money to a company that has put this product, or ingredients in this product, in the eyes of a rabbit, while that bunny is held in a metal body brace, unable to move or get away. There is an animated video called Bright Eyes on testing on rabbits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaUzQNX-C0.
You can show your support for this proposed legislation by calling your U.S representative and following up with a personalized form letter which can be found on The Humane Society of the United States website. You can also sign-up to track this legislation here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4148.
It is becoming more convenient to find products not tested on animals. You can find them in most local grocery and discount stores such as Walmart, Publix and Kroger to name a few. They are often grouped with the health products. You can also find them at specialty retailers like Traders Joes, The Body Shop and Sephora. Health food stores carry cruelty-free brands.
Not all companies that claim to be Cruelty-Free are completely cruelty-free. There are those that do not test in their own laboratories, but they purchase ingredients that were tested in another location. The companies with the strictest guidelines can be found on the Leaping Bunny web site. To learn more and to find products that are cruelty-free, please visit these website: http://www.leapingbunny.org. There is also a phone app. allowing you to look up the product while you shop: http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/, http://www.veganbeautyreview.com.
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