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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  SJR 22
          Author:   Block (D), et al.
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21

           SUBJECT  :    Cruelty-free cosmetics

           SOURCE  :     Cruelty Free International

           DIGEST  :    This resolution urges the federal government and the  
          United States (U.S.) Congress to adopt restrictions on animal  
          testing of cosmetics.
           ANALYSIS :    This resolution makes the following legislative  

          1. After much research, consumers and scientists have become  
             increasingly skeptical about the necessity and validity of  
             animal testing for cosmetics.  The information that has  
             historically been gained from animal tests is now achieved  
             through quicker, less expensive, and more reliable non-animal  

          2. California has been a leader in addressing both animal  
             testing and product safety.  In 2000, California became the  
             first state to restrict the use of animals in product testing  
             by making it unlawful to use animals for testing when an  
             alternative method is available.

          3. Worldwide, many countries have taken steps to end cosmetics  
             testing on animals.  The European Union (EU), our nation's  


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             largest trading partner, which accounts for nearly half of  
             the global cosmetics market and worth an estimated $90  
             billion a year, has completely banned the importation and  
             sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  In the  
             U.S., however, there is no law limiting the use of animals  
             for cosmetics testing.

          4. Polls show that the American public overwhelmingly supports  
             alternatives to testing cosmetics on animals.  A recent poll  
             conducted by ORC International (Opinion Research  
             Corporation), a leading global market research firm, found  
             that 72% of American adults surveyed believe that testing  
             cosmetics on animals is unethical.

          This resolution urges the federal government to mandate  
          alternative methods to animal testing whenever scientifically  
          satisfactory methods are available.  Also calls on the U.S.  
          Congress to enact legislation that establishes reasonable  
          deadlines for the prohibition of the testing and marketing of  
          cosmetic products which have been tested on animals.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  4/3/14)

          Cruelty Free International (source)
          American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
          Animal Legal Defense Fund, Director Chris Green
          New England Anti-Vivisection Society
          State Humane Association of California, Board of Directors

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the American Society for  
          the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, "California has led the  
          way in enacting humane legislation in many animal welfare  
          issues, and limiting cosmetic testing on animals is one of those  
          areas of leadership.  California was the first state to adopt a  
          law that requires all available alternatives to testing on  
          animals be exhausted before resorting to animal tests.

          "The European Union has also adopted strong regulations against  
          animal testing and has proven that safe, humane cosmetics can be  
          created.  The EU's prohibition on marketing animal tested  
          cosmetics means that it just makes good trade and economic sense  
          for the United States to follow suit.


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          "SJR 22 provides California with the opportunity to lead once  
          again to this important topic by encouraging Congress and the  
          President to modernize our approach to cosmetic testing."

          RM:d  4/3/14   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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