As you know by now, Donald Trump is the new president of the United States. In addition to this, Republicans are forming the majority party in the senate.
I want to take a moment to consider what this means when it comes to the issue of animal testing. This is based on my own speculation, so please feel free to add your own comments below.
Republicans and Animal Testing
According to this poll, Republicans are considerately more likely to view medical animal testing as morally acceptable than Democrats are. We can assume that the numbers would be similar when it comes to animal testing for cosmetics as well.
The issue of animal testing is also less likely to be important to the Republican members of the senate, which form a majority.
Humane Cosmetics Act: Less Likely To Pass
The Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced in June of 2015, but nothing has happened so far.
This is a wonderful bill because it aims to ban animal testing for cosmetics in the US — from ingredients to finished products.
Since this bill has had little luck so far under Obama, it’s looking even less promising under a Republican majority.
Personal Care Products Safety Act: More Likely To Pass
The Personal Care Products Safety Act was introduced in April of 2015, but it’s been brought to the surface in September 2016.
Unfortunately this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It sounds good as it aims to make cosmetics safer, but it encourages animal testing. It adds the clause that every ingredient has to be tested for safety, without specifically prohibiting animal tests.
Another problem is that this bill is said to benefit big corporations. Giants like L’Oreal are supporting it, which makes me guess that it would be more likely to pass under a Republican majority.
Let’s also consider that Trump, as the president, has a veto over any law that passes. This means that if a law passes and Trump doesn’t agree with that law, he can oppose it and it won’t pass. This isn’t likely to happen in the case of a law involving animal testing, but it’s something to consider (especially when it comes to other important issues like abortion or gay marriage).
What do you think?
The next 4 years look grim for animal testing in the US as far as I’m concerned. Without getting too political here, the US are taking a step backwards and it’s sad to witness. Any thoughts?
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