Lauren Book, Kristen Arrington Want to Stop Testing Cosmetics on Animals in Florida

With the Legislature kicking off its regular session in Tallahassee this week, two Democrats want to ban testing cosmetics on animals.

At the end of last week, state Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, D-Plantation, and state Rep. Kristen Arrington, D- Kissimmee, introduced a proposal “prohibiting a manufacturer from manufacturing, importing for profit, selling, or offering for sale a cosmetic developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing conducted or contracted by certain persons or from conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing; providing exceptions; providing labeling requirements for specified cosmetics; providing enforcement and civil penalties.”

Both of the legislators weighed in on the “Humane Cosmetics Act” on Friday.

“No animal should have a cosmetic product shoved down their throats, slathered on their skin, or forced in their eyes when there are cruelty-free alternatives,” said Book. “The federal government does not require animal testing for cosmetics and toiletries and it’s time that Florida joined with this common-sense solution to suffering.”Prohibits manufacturer from manufacturing, importing for profit, selling, or offering for sale cosmetic developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing conducted or contracted by certain persons or from conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing; provides labeling requirements for specified cosmetics.”

“This bill will put an end to cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on animals,” said Arrington. “There are proven alternative testing methods that do not involve testing on live animals. This legislation will help prevent needless suffering and save the lives of countless animals.”

Kevin Derby
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