Federal Legislation

Federal: Humane Cosmetics Act Needs Support to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Name: Humane Cosmetics Act
Number: HR 4148

UPDATE: The number of U.S. Representatives joining this bill as co-sponsors is growing. If your Representative isn’t on the list, please contact their office directly and ask for their support!

The Humane Cosmetics Act, introduced by Representative Jim Moran on March 5, 2014, would “phase out cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.” Testing cosmetics on animals is an indefensible waste of animal life and the cause of animal suffering when reliable non-animal safety tests have been available for years. NAVS celebrates the introduction of this bill and we hope that every legislator will get on board as a co-sponsor and supporter.

This legislation will bring the U.S. into line with the European Union in ending the use of animals for testing cosmetics, and eventually banning the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Testing cosmetics or ingredients for cosmetics would be prohibited one year after passage of this legislation; the sale or transport of cosmetics tested on animals would be unlawful after three years to allow stores to sell old inventory before the ban goes into effect.

This legislation is also very timely as advocates in the U.S. and abroad have become vocal in opposing mandatory animal testing on cosmetic products in China and elsewhere. While many U.S. companies have already ended testing on cosmetics, there are still some companies that continue to test directly or through contract testing laboratories even though reliable non-animal tests are available to ensure consumer safety. It is important that the U.S. adopts humane testing policies as private companies and organizations in the U.S. push for change overseas.

As used in this legislation and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the term "cosmetic" means “(1) articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and (2) articles intended for use as a component of any such articles; except that such term shall not include soap.” That means that this legislation does have limits to what it accomplishes in ending testing on personal care and cleaning products, but it is a very good first step in the process.

Call to action:

    1. Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor and give their full support to the Humane Cosmetics Act.
    2. Spread the word! Share this page with your social network.

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