Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: H.B. No. 704

H.D. 2

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 704, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to prohibit manufacturers from importing or selling any cosmetic product tested on animals, on or after January 1, 2021, with certain exceptions.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Humane Society of the United States, Cruelty Free International, Animal Rights Hawaii, West Hawaii Humane Society, Down to Earth Organic and Natural, and eight individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Personal Care Products Council. Your Committee received comments on this measure from Retail Merchants of Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that testing cosmetics on animals is cruel and increasingly unnecessary, as there are now thousands of cosmetic ingredients whose effects have already been tested and compiled. Your Committee further finds that alternatives to animal testing are available, some of which provide better predictors of adverse human reactions to new chemical compounds than animal testing. Your Committee notes that the prohibition on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals included in this measure is not unique, as similar prohibitions have already been adopted by California and the European Union.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Clarifying that manufacturers may continue to use non-cosmetic animal testing data; provided that the test data was compiled prior to the effective date of this measure; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 704, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 704, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,