Posted by Monica Engebretson on 29th February 2016
Cosmetics companies back US bill to ban cosmetics animal testing
US Humane Cosmetics Act continues to gain momentum
Did you know there’s a bill being discussed in the US which would ban animal testing for cosmetics?
We’ve been working to keep the issue on the radar of US legislators by pushing for support for the Humane Cosmetics Act (also known as HR 2858) from both Democrats and Republicans.
The good news is that the Act now has 153 cosponsors – with 136 Democrats and 17 Republicans supporting it.
As I wrote in my Huffington Post blog last June, bipartisan support is crucial to this bill’s success. And thankfully ending cosmetics testing on animals is an issue parties on both sides can (and should) get behind.
Cruelty Free International has been providing crucial information to legislators to help them decide to support the Humane Cosmetics Act. We’ve told them about how innovative alternative testing strategies and consumer demand for cruelty free products have been driving countries around the world to end animal testing for cosmetics. And we’ve been making the case that this is a trend that the US should follow.
We’ve become a trusted resource for legislators who want to understand the European Union ban on the sale of animal tested cosmetics and how the Humane Cosmetics Act can harmonize regulations with our largest trading partner.
But, we know that our voice isn’t the only one decision makers need to hear. They need to hear from their constituents and from industry.
This is why we continue to encourage our US supporters to write to their US Representatives. And it’s why we recently delivered a letter to Congress signed by CEOs and top executives of six US cosmetic companies urging the bill’s passage.
“In our view, the time is right for H.R. 2858 as the changing global market increasingly requires non-animal safety tests. Creating a more predictable and harmonized international regulatory environment benefits our business and customers.”
It’s likely to be a long road for the Humane Cosmetics Act in the US, but we won’t stop pushing forward.
Please make a difference for animals in US laboratories by writing to your legislator now.