This week, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), a bill that would ban animal testing for cosmetics made or sold in the US. The bill would make it illegal for anyone to conduct or pay a third party to conduct animal tests for cosmetics. It would also make it illegal to sell or offer to sell any product that involved cosmetic animal testing at any point in production. This is HUGE.
Congressman Moran introduced this bill with the support of the Humane Society and Cruelty-Free International. He said: “I am delighted to be working with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund on this bill, which will bring the United States into the 21st century and save countless animals from unnecessary cosmetics testing.” I’m proud that Congressman Moran represents my hometown.
PETA also released a statement on the bill:
PETA applauds Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) for introducing the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban tests on animals for cosmetics and phase out the sales of animal-tested products. Poisoning an animal for a human product makes about as much sense as using a map of Paris to find your way around New York. Animal tests are scientifically baseless and ethically wrong, and consumers have made it clear that they should be illegal, too. Since September, more than 72,000 people have contacted their congressional representatives through PETA’s online action alert and urged them to ban these cruel tests. We urge Congress to pay attention and pass this bill. For information on the more than 1,300 companies that have banned tests on animals, please see PETA’s online Beauty Without Bunnies cruelty-free database.
You can help support the Humane Cosmetics Act by adding your signature to this Cruelty Free International petition and PETA’s Action Alert. If you’re a US citizen, you can help by writing to your representatives directly, asking them to co-sponsor the bill. You can find the simple steps for contacting your legislators and a sample letter here.