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Federal Bill Introduced to Ban Animal Testing in the USA!


Bill Introduced to Ban Animal Testing in the USA!

Yesterday, a very important federal bill was introduced to Ban Animal Testing in the USA. U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced this bill to ban animal testing for cosmetics! This is huge!  The Humane Cosmetics Act would ban animal testing for cosmetics after a 1 year phase in and follow with a 3 year phase in for a ban on the sale of any animal tested cosmetics.

The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, would:

  • Make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
  • Prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

This bill is endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society International, along with members and stakeholders of the personal care products industry, including LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Jack Black, Biao skincare and Aubrey Organics. The bill is also endorsed by Cruelty Free International.

Facts

  • There are thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients with histories of safe use. These ingredients allow more than 500 cruelty-free companies to innovate while remaining true to their values. For new ingredients, a growing number of proven, non-animal tests are becoming available each year.
  • Animal toxicity tests, which have never been validated by a regulatory body, represent an outdated science of techniques that are not adequate to predict human safety. The future of safety testing relies on advanced technologies, including computational and human cell or artificial tissue based models, which are already in use. These methods are based on human biology and are more predictive of human reactions than animal tests.
  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are used in painful cosmetics tests that usually result in death.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require use of animal testing methods to prove the safety of cosmetics.
  • A poll conducted by Lake Research and commissioned by The HSUS and HSLF found that 73 percent of American voters would be in favor of federal legislation that would begin to phase out and eventually end animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The majority of voters (55 percent) said they would favor this legislation strongly. Three in four voters said they would feel safer, or as safe, if non-animal methods were used to test the safety of a cosmetic instead of animal testing.
  • Be Cruelty-Free U.S.A. is led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Legislative Fund.

So please take action for those who can’t speak up for themselves:

1. Send a letter to your representative asking them to co-sponsor the bill via the Humane Society of the United States

2. Sign the Cruelty Free International petition calling on the House of Representatives to support the Humane Cosmetics Act

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    • Raspberry2012

      Omg!!! This is amazing – finally!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I’m really happy about it, too ;)

    • Audrey Ogg

      thank you for the posts and i’ve clicked on both to show my support for the ban on animal testing

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! I really appreciate it!

    • Natalie Carlson Brown

      Singed. If the EU can do it, we can too!

    • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

      YES!

    • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

      Signed, Facebooked both personal and blog, Tweeted, and Supported!

    • Cathy Malmat

      This is amazing!

    • Dimana

      FINALLY! I cannot believe this is happening!!! Maybe one day I will finally be able to buy myself a cruelty-free MAC, unless of course they don’t move their production to CHINA or some place where they don’t care about anything :)

    • Susan

      The bill is in the House so I sent a personal message to my representative. I think those are more effective than form letters. Hopefully I will hear back.

    • http://www.ghostplops.tumblr.com/ Ghostplops

      I have a hard time getting my hopes up about good sounding bills as the seemingly get turned down by congress. But I really hope this come to fruition >< no animal testing with any products would be a HUGE deal, gonna write a letter tonight.

    • oatberry_cheesecake

      What a breakthrough! I’m glad this is even being considered and I hope it makes it all the way. I want to stay optimistic about this and will be writing a letter to my rep.

    • Mardi

      This is incredible. It could change things worldwide if it gets in. If a cosmetics manufacturer has to choose China (animal testing) or the US (no animal testing) I hope that the choice becomes no animal testing! A long way off but perhaps the tide is turning…

    • catn2kittens

      This is wonderful news – I know the big companies like Estée Lauder will throw a lot of money around to get this to go away, but it’s a sign of the times, and the outcome is (hopefully) inevitable, and getting closer every day. One day people will be horrified that we were ever so cruel and vain as to test cosmetics on animals.

    • Lorrin Massengill

      I signed the petition! Not sure if it will count for anything, but I have a bunny myself and I would love to see the cruelty end :(