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US Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals Introduced

30 June 2015

US - Animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients, and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, would be phased out under legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives.

Passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R.2858, would bring the US in line with more than 30 other countries, home to more than 1.7 billion consumers, that have already implemented similar bans.

US law does not require animal testing for cosmetics, but it does not prohibit it either, so animal testing still occurs in various parts of the country.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) said: “Given the ready availability of alternatives, there is no compelling reason to continue using outdated animal testing methods that cause tremendous animal suffering.

"So many companies are already using non-animal tests for shampoos, makeups and other products sold around the world, and the United States can help accelerate that trend.”

An HSUS and Humane Society Legislative Fund poll conducted in 2013 found 73 per cent of American voters are in favour of federal legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics.

Representative Martha McSally said: "Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are as a country.

"There's no reason to continue this cruel practice when we have cost-effective alternatives that can bring about safe products for consumers. As an animal lover and volunteer, I'm pleased to be introducing this legislation with my colleagues to take a stand against the inhumane treatment of animals."

Representative Don Beyer said: "It is time for us to end the painful and completely unnecessary process of testing American cosmetics on animals.

"Safer, more cost effective, and completely humane alternatives already exist, and the United States is in no danger of losing its role as a competitive leader in the global cosmetics industry. Now we need to ensure our place as a moral leader.”

The bill is supported by celebrities Kesha, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Ricky Gervais, and more than 140 companies in the cosmetics industry such as LUSH, COTY, The Body Shop, Overstock and Paul Mitchell.

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