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The Humane Society and Ricky Gervais team up to ban animal testing

The Humane Society and Ricky Gervais team up to ban animal testing
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'The Muppets Most Wanted' actor Ricky Gervais has again teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States. Ricky Gervais has made it very clear that he does not support animal testing in cosmetics. Each year the Humane Society launches a 'Be Cruelty-Free' campaign. This year Ricky Gervais has joined the Humane Society in hopes of passing 'The Humane Cosmetics Act' which would ban all cosmetics that utilize animal testing in the United States.

The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R 4148 has gained support from animal welfare groups including the Humane Society of the United States as well as PETA. Cruelty-free beauty lines including Lush Cosmetics, Jack Black, Biao Skincare and Aubrey Cosmetics also support the bill. Animal-friendly celebrities including Ricky Gervais urge people to support the bill. If passed, 'The Humane Cosmetics Act' will ban animal testing in the United States as well as the import of any beauty or cosmetics product that utilized animal testing at any point while being manufactured. Countries including Israel and the European Union have already banned animal testing in cosmetics and household cleaning products.

Animal testing is outdated as proved by successful cruelty-free lines including Lush Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, NYX Cosmetics as well as others. Brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella including Clinique and MAC Cosmetics as well as L'Oreal brands such as Maybelline pay for animal testing so they may market their goods in China where animal testing is mandatory on all beauty and cosmetics products. Animal testing is synonymous with torture as animals are strapped down while irritating chemicals are dripped into their eyes and incisions on their skin. Is this really worth it to buy their lipsticks and perfumes with so many cruelty-free brands available?

Consumers are urged to contact their US representative to show support for H.R 4148, 'The Humane Cosmetics Act.' To find your representative follow this link.