Today on Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano Podcast/Vlog, Neal Barnard, M.D., founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, author, animal advocate, and ethical champion is in the house with BREAKING NEWS! The #CrueltyFreeCosmeticsAct aka #SenateBill1249 is now law in California thanks to co-sponsorship by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion In Legislation with help from Lush Cosmetics North America, Paul Mitchell and many others. Dr. Barnard will discuss the details about what this means for California, the United States and the world.
As Dr. Barnard explains we are not completely out of the woods yet. This was a huge victory, but we still have more to fight for. Unfortunately these companies are still allowed to test in China so they don’t lose the Chinese marketplace. Dr. Barnard explains the strides they have made for animals used for educational purposes. He explains he refused to take part in a dog lab where they anesthetize dogs and perform procedures on the dog, resulting in death. He made a vow that day to himself that he would fight for animals not to be used in educational training. So far they have almost eliminated all use of animals in education! Amazing!
Once you have animal testing banned, and animals used in education eliminated, we have to stop animals from being used in all research. Elysabeth explains that technology has advanced to the point that the use of an animal for testing is obsolete. It’s possible to used simulations and willing human subjects to educate, conduct testing and perform research. Change can be accomplished. We have the power to object and to conduct commerce in responsible ways. Be part of the solution not the problem. It matters what we do here in California. Elysabeth explains that California has the fifth largest economy in the world to the world will follow suit in order to get our demand. So let’s show the world how it’s done by speaking up for the animals any way we can and that includes calling your state representatives to have them pass measures that protect them like SB 1249! Way to go California!
Report edited Ellen Dent.