STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1484-18

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018

 

RE: S.B. No. 2113

S.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2113, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to protect animals from being subjected to unnecessary testing for cosmetics and household products by:

 

(1) Prohibiting manufacturers and contract testing facilities in Hawaii from using animal test methods for the purpose of testing cosmetics and household products if an alternative test method is available that provides information of equivalent or better scientific quality;

 

(2) Specifying exceptions to the prohibition against animal test methods; and

 

(3) Providing for injunctive relief and civil fines for violations.

 

The Keiko Conservation, Cruelty Free International, West Hawaii Humane Society, Hui Pono Holoholona, and several concerned individuals supported this measure. The Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc. opposed this measure. The University of Hawaii and The Humane Society of the United States submitted comments on this measure.

 

Your Committee respectfully requests your Committee on Judiciary to consider the concerns of The Humane Society of the United States, relating to the exceptions to the ban on animal test methods, and the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc., who is concerned that the ban could limit the potential for research breakthroughs that could favorably impact the livestock industry, as expressed in their respective testimonies on this measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2113, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,

 

 

 

 

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RICHARD P. CREAGAN, Chair