No more cosmetics tested on animals in NH

Rebecca Hamilton is co-CEO of WS Badger Company in Gilsum.

The House Commerce Committee will soon determine the fate of animal-tested cosmetics legislation introduced in the New Hampshire Senate earlier this year.

SB 202, which would end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state, won overwhelming support in the Senate, and for good reason. It has the support of New Hampshire businesses and other stakeholders who understand the importance of a clear standard on a topic that involves human safety, animal welfare and smart business practices.

There is no shortage of companies backing legislation of this nature, as the number of companies that have opted out of new animal testing continues to rise. More than 1,000 cosmetic brands selling products such as hair care, fragrance, makeup and deodorant in New Hampshire and other states have already pledged not to test their final formulations or ingredients on animals. .

They have used ingredients and formulations whose safety is already well established, and they employ state-of-the-art non-animal methods that offer clear advantages over conventional animal testing.

Badger is one such company that has been producing cruelty-free organic skincare locally in New Hampshire since 1995. The list of other New Hampshire companies supporting SB 202 also includes Hemlock Springs Soaps (Nashua), Portsmouth Soap Company ( Portsmouth), The Filling Station (Portsmouth) and Lush (Nashua and Salem).

It should also be noted that the Personal Care Products Council, the national trade association representing 90% of the US cosmetics industry, supports similar federal legislation, which would ban animal testing for all cosmetic products manufactured or sold to United States. SB 202 was deliberately drafted to align with the provisions of the Humane Cosmetics Act (S 3357/HR 6207), currently pending in the US Congress.

The fact that so many companies are willing to support abandoning animal testing for cosmetics speaks volumes. Companies can continue to formulate new and innovative products using thousands of ingredients with a long history of safe use and no need for additional testing. It is by using existing ingredients that the majority of cosmetics companies have been able to maintain their commitment to avoiding new animal testing for their products.

Cosmetics companies have also been at the forefront of adopting cutting-edge testing methods that can replace traditional animal testing. They recognize not only the substantial consumer demand for products developed without animal testing, but the great benefits of ensuring consumer safety in other ways.

Among other benefits, non-animal approaches based on human biology produce results that are more relevant to the safety of the people for whom the products are designed. These methods are often less expensive and can be completed faster than traditional animal testing.

This is why the continued move towards animal-free cosmetic safety assessments will benefit consumers, businesses and animals. With strong industry engagement helping push these bills across the finish line, eight states, including Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia, have already passed laws to end testing. on animals for cosmetics.

Internationally, 41 countries have passed laws to end or limit cosmetic testing on animals. The list includes India, New Zealand, South Korea, Guatemala, Australia, Mexico and all European Union countries.

There’s no reason for guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and rats to undergo painful new chemical tests for cosmetics like shampoo and mascara. New Hampshire officials now have a chance to do their part and put our state behind the growing momentum toward humane testing methods.

Their swift approval of SB 202 will help accelerate the nation’s full transition from cruel and inaccurate animal testing to more human-relevant approaches and reinforce the ever-increasing regulatory alignment sought by the cosmetics industry.