In March of 2014,bill H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act was proposed in the United States. This act was proposed towards the end of the government year and was unable to gain the leverage and support it needed to move forward in 2014. Now, over a year later, the Humane Cosmetics Act has received a reboot with new political support and organization support. Hopefully, this is what is needed to move the Humane Cosmetics Act foward and make changes to the animal testing laws in the United States!
Here’s what you need to know about the Humane Cosmetics Act:
- The Humane Cosmetics Act was originally introduced by U.S. Representative Jim Moran, D-West Virginia. This legislation is now sponsored by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Don Beyer, D-Va., Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would end animal testing for cosmetics after a one-year phase.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would phase out the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in three years.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would make it illegal for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would 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.
- The Humane Cosmetics Act, like other Acts and bans around the world, would only regulate companies in the United States and would not impact them in international markets. Brands sold in the US could still sell in markets, such as China, where post-market animal testing is required by law.
Seeing the Humane Cosmetics Act be revived is amazing!! I personally was shocked at how long it was stagnant and am thrilled to see politicians in both political parties and groups like Humane Society International getting involved. Animal testing is unnecessary and outdated. Changes need to happen in the US to work towards a ban on animal testing.
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