Groundbreaking legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics in the U.S. just got a big push of support with a public endorsement from dozens of compassionate industry leaders and stakeholders who want to see the ugliness taken out of our quest for beauty.
Even though it’s not required in the U.S., cosmetics companies have been using animals to test the safety of their ingredients and products for decades and many continue to force millions of animals to endure an onslaught of chemicals during cruel, painful and unnecessary tests that burn, poison and kill them without pain relief.
In March, Rep Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), which would effectively ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics products tested on animals in the U.S. Last week, 133 companies came forward to show their support for ending the practice for good.
The list includes a number of companies that have already taken steps to go cruelty-free, including Kiss My Face, Lush, Paul Mitchell, Seventh Generation, Aubrey Organics, Beauty Without Cruelty and The Body Shop, among many others.
“Aubrey Organics is proud to be a staunch supporter of the Humane Cosmetics Act. This is not something we take lightly; it is our way of life, our creed. In-vitro testing of ingredients, in the lab and not on animals, is now a scientifically proven harmless and effective manner of ensuring consumer safety. This progress can easily be rolled out to all cosmetic products produced within the United States without delay or hardship. It is simply the right thing to do,” said Curt J. Valva, President & CEO, Aubrey Organics, Inc.
Not only will the Humane Cosmetics Act end the suffering of animals used in painful tests, but it will also encourage the development and validation of more alternatives that are cheaper, faster and more reliable, in addition to helping cosmetics companies in the U.S. stay competitive in a global market that continues to move towards mandating cruelty-free alternatives.
Last year the European Union finalized its ban on animal-tested cosmetics, which prohibits animal testing and the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals anywhere in the world. The EU now stands with Israel, Norway and São Paulo, Brazil, which could soon be joined by Korea, Canada and Australia where efforts are underway to ban animal testing for cosmetics.
This month India finalized its ban on animal testing for cosmetics products and announced it is considering a proposal that would ban imports of products tested on animals. Vietnam also announced that it will ban the use of the eye irritation tests for rabbits, and starting this summer China will end its mandatory testing requirement for domestic and imported cosmetics.
Even with a ban in the U.S., companies can still choose from thousands of ingredients that already have a long history of safe use and switch to alternatives for animal tests that are already available.
More than 500 companies have already proven they can create safe and cruelty-free products and have been certified by the Leaping Bunny program, which requires them to make a voluntary pledge not to test products or ingredients on animals at any stage of development and requires their suppliers to do the same.
Of course we want to know products hitting the market are safe for us to use, but we also want them to be humane and thanks to advances in science and the development and validation of alternatives, there’s no longer a reason to sacrifice one goal for the other.
Please sign and share the petition asking your representative to support and co-sponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act.
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