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The Humane Cosmetics Act Seeks to End Cruel and Ineffective Animal Testing | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

April 28, 2020
What price beauty? The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2019 would eliminate cruel and ineffective testing of cosmetics on animals. (Photo credit: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

In Defense of Animals: For the sake of new lipstick shades, skin creams, or shampoo formulas, animals endure torturous tests and suffer in silence in laboratories. Cosmetics animal testing includes outdated, scientifically unreliable methods of determining the safety of a product. For these tests, innocent animals—including rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and guinea pigs—are confined, restrained and exposed to finished cosmetic products or ingredients included in a product’s formula. Skin and eye irritation tests include dripping chemicals into animals’ eyes or rubbing chemicals onto their shaved skin to observe the results, which may include burns, lesions, bleeding, ulcers, and loss of vision. Animals are also forced to inhale substances or subjected to force-feeding studies in which they are forced to ingest chemicals over prolonged periods of time to observe the effects, which may range from general illness to cancer, seizures, birth defects, death, or anything in between. For “lethal dose” tests, animals are forced to consume large amounts of a test substance to determine the dose that kills them. The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2019 would eliminate cruel and ineffective testing and would also ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics throughout the United States. These tests are not only cruel, but they have long been proven to be unnecessary, inefficient, and inconclusive. Although the anatomy of humans and that of other animals appear to be similar, all species respond differently to chemicals.
>>>Urge your U.S. legislators to support the Humane Cosmetics Act.

Stop Adani: Global insurance broker Marsh is helping Adani, a multinational conglomerate based in India, to secure insurance for the climate-wrecking Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland, Australia. Insurance is critical for Adani: They can’t build their destructive coal mine without it. Sixteen major insurance companies have already said no to Adani, because smart insurance companies know better than to back risky projects that will destroy their business and fuel the climate crisis. Now Adani are desperate to find an insurer willing to trash their reputation for this dirty mine. That’s where Marsh come in. They’re actively hunting down unethical insurers for Adani’s destructive coal project.
>>>Urge Marsh ahead of their annual general meeting on May 21 to insure our future, not the Carmichael project.

PETA: The 2020 Iditarod ended on March 22. More than 220 dogs had been pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury and other causes, leaving the rest to have to work even harder. One of those dogs, Cool Cat, developed twisted intestines and almost died of painful bloat. Another dog named Betty was in critical condition with pneumonia, and Thunder and Charlotte weren’t eating, had lost a lot of weight, and had fevers, diarrhea, and persistent coughs. Despite a whole team of dogs vomiting, several with frostbite, and one almost needing stitches, musher Nicolas Petit forced them to continue the grueling race anyway. And Mitch Seavey—already the subject of a recent PETA undercover investigation—reportedly threw a dog down and pinned her muzzle to the ground while on the race’s livestream. In late 2018 and early 2019, a PETA eyewitness worked at two dog kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found widespread neglect and suffering. Dogs were denied veterinary care for painful injuries, kept constantly chained next to dilapidated boxes and plastic barrels in the bitter cold, and forced to run even when they were exhausted and dehydrated.
>>>Urge Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ Lakefront Anchorage Hotel to stop sponsoring the cruel and deadly Iditarod.

Cause for concern…

Hotter and hotter: Global temperature rise from 1880 to 2019. Higher-than-normal temperatures are shown in red and lower-than-normal temperatures are shown in blue. There is a 75% chance 2020 will set a record for the warmest year since instrument records began in 1880. (Image credit: NASA)

Round of applause…

Time to recover: “Plummeting global demand for fish and seafood as a result of the coronavirus crisis is likely to create an effect similar to the halt of commercial fishing during World Wars I and II, when the idling of fleets led to the rebound of fish stocks,” reports Laura Millan Lombrana on Bloomberg Green. (Photo credit: C Watts/Flickr)

Parting thought…

Friend, not food: Pam Ahern, founder and director of Edgar’s Mission sanctuary in Lancefield, Australia, with Red Baron, a rescued rooster. (Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals)

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” —Albert Einstein

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