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March 5, 2014

Federal Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals Introduced in Congress

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund urge Congress to make the U.S. the next cruelty-free marketplace with H.R. 4148

Editors Note: The Humane Cosmetics Act HR 4148 has acquired a lead Republican sponsor on the bill, Michael Grimm, R-NY.

The Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill that would enhance worldwide momentum in ensuring animals are not harmed in the process of creating or manufacturing cosmetics, has been introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, D-VA. The Humane Society of the United States’ Be Cruelty-Free U.S.A. campaign applauds Moran for introducing federal legislation to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S.

The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, would:

  • Make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
  • Prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

This bill is endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society International, along with members and stakeholders of the personal care products industry, including LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Jack Black, Biao skincare and Aubrey Organics. 

Urge your representative to support the Humane Cosmetics Act »

Congressman Moran said: “I am delighted to be working with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund on this bill, which will bring the United States into the 21st century and save countless animals from unnecessary cosmetics testing.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Americans deserve to have access to safe and humane products, and there is no compelling need for animal testing for cosmetics. We thank Congressman Moran for his leadership on this legislation, which will align the U.S. with the global trend moving away from animal testing of cosmetics. We have powerful and reliable alternatives available and it’s time to embrace those new technologies and stop harming animals for unnecessary reasons.”

Over the past year, the cosmetics industry underwent major regulatory changes across the globe, driven in part by HSI’s multinational Be Cruelty-Free campaign. Israel and the 28 states of the European Union banned the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics in 2013. India has prohibited domestic animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients, and is working on a follow-up import and sales ban. The State of São Paulo, Brazil, recently signed a bill prohibiting cosmetics testing on animals, and the Brazilian federal regulatory body for animal experiments will be voting on HSI’s animal testing ban proposal later this month. In China, where animal testing has historically been required, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration announced it will remove the mandatory animal testing for non-essential domestically produced cosmetics in June 2014.

For more information, visit humanesociety.org/becrueltyfree.

Facts

  • There are thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients with histories of safe use. These ingredients allow more than 500 cruelty-free companies to innovate while remaining true to their values. For new ingredients, a growing number of proven, non-animal tests are becoming available each year.
  • Animal toxicity tests, which have never been validated by a regulatory body, represent an outdated science of techniques that are not adequate to predict human safety. The future of safety testing relies on advanced technologies, including computational and human cell or artificial tissue based models, which are already in use. These methods are based on human biology and are more predictive of human reactions than animal tests. 
  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are used in painful cosmetics tests that usually result in death.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require use of animal testing methods to prove the safety of cosmetics.
  • A poll conducted by Lake Research and commissioned by The HSUS and HSLF found that 73 percent of American voters would be in favor of federal legislation that would begin to phase out and eventually end animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The majority of voters (55 percent) said they would favor this legislation strongly. Three in four voters said they would feel safer, or as safe, if non-animal methods were used to test the safety of a cosmetic instead of animal testing.
  • Be Cruelty-Free U.S.A. is led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Legislative Fund.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org

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