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Animal testing ban: How to help Congress pass the historic Humane Cosmetics Act

Animal testing ban: How to help Congress pass the historic Humane Cosmetics Act
Animal testing ban: How to help Congress pass the historic Humane Cosmetics Act
Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

An animal testing ban to stop the cruel use of animals to test cosmetics has been introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, but in order for the Humane Cosmetics Act to pass, Congress will need your help. “If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.,” reports Global Animal on March 6, 2014.

The Humane Cosmetics Act would also prohibit the sale or transportation of any cosmetics in the United States if the product or any parts thereof were developed or produced by using animals as test objects.

Even though California, New Jersey, and New York have laws that mandate that animals should not be used to test cosmetics, there is no federal law that prohibits the cruel use of animals for the sake of beauty products. As for now, all a cosmetics company has to do is send its product to another state where it is legal to use an animal.

An animal testing ban has been in place for the past 10 years in Europe. Worldwide, Europe is the largest cosmetics market in the world – proving that the economic success of cosmetics does not need animal cruelty.

“The EU – which includes the bastions of beauty, Italy and France – has been phasing out animal testing since 2003, and in 2013, a complete ban on the testing and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients went into effect following Cruelty Free International’s 20-year long campaign. Other countries are also following the EU’s lead and modernizing – Israel and Norway have had bans on animal testing in place for several years and, in 2013, India became the first country in Asia to announce a ban animal testing for cosmetics. Korea, Brazil and ASEAN are also making strides toward ending cosmetics testing on animals, and in June China will end its requirement for all imported cosmetics to be animal tested.”

Even though many Americans feel powerless when it comes to Congress and passing laws, that is not the case – at least not when it comes to passing a bill like the Humane Cosmetics Act.

The introduction of the animal testing ban and the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148) began with Cruelty Free International and U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA). A Congressional briefing "Global regulations and advancements in alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics" is scheduled for March 11. The Humane Society of the United States provides a list of representatives’ phone numbers, a prewritten message that can be used, and it provides a step-by-step guide on how to help pass the Humane Cosmetics Act in Congress. Please speak out for animals that cannot speak for themselves.