A motion to ensure Los Angeles' city government only purchases supplies such as cleaning products and hand soaps that are free from animal testing was introduced Wednesday by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.
"Testing cleaning products on animals is not only based on flawed and arcane science, but it is simply despicable and disturbing that major companies in our country treat man's best friend like a science experiment," Blumenfield said. "We can do better and we must do better."
As part of the proposal, Blumenfield celebrated the nonprofit animal rights organization, Rescue + Freedom Project, during a City Council presentation along with middle school student animal advocates from R+FP Kids, and six beagles who were rescued from animal testing.
R+FP, which was previously known as Beagle Freedom Project, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 that saves animals all around the globe from laboratory experiments and abusive environments.
Ella Warner, the 13-year old president of R+FP Kids said, "Our main goal with R+FP Kids is to spread awareness. Our generation is the one that desperately needs to spread the word and teach the next generation about being cruelty-free and helping animals who do not have a voice."
Blumenfield's motion would direct city departments to purchase only "cruelty-free" office products and request that City Attorney Mike Feuer report back on the most effective means of ensuring that the city discontinue the use of animal tested products.