Humane Cosmetics Act Introduced in Congress, Calls On US to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing

Black Rabbit Humane Cosmetics Act Introduced in Congress, Calls On US to Ban Cosmetic Animal TestingThis 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.


Learn more:

Federal Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals Introduced in Congress

Moran Bill Would End Animal Testing

Cruelty Free International Applauds Congressman Jim Moran for Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals in the United States

U.S. Rep. Moran Introduces Bill to Ban Cosmetics Testing on Animals

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  • Martha

    Let’s hope this goes through! I’m tired of people pussyfooting around pretending that animal testing serves any purpose at all. It’s just torture!!

    • Catherine

      100% agreed, Martha! ♥

  • Red

    Yes, yes, yes! Moran will doubtless be up against big bucks from L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, etc., but this is a HUGE step towards real progress. No more worrying about what’s cruelty-free and what isn’t? I don’t believe it! I signed the petition and will be writing my legislators this week.

    • Catherine

      Hi Red, thank you so much for taking the time to express your support for the bill. I agree with you 100% – even though realistically it may not pass (though I’m hopeful) it’s still a truly significant step towards ending animal testing in cosmetics in the US. ♥

  • TinaBowling

    This is great news, hope all goes through.

    • Catherine

      Me too, Tina! ♥

  • Catherine

    Me too, Katrin! Even if it doesn’t, I still think it’s a significant step towards getting a similar bill passed in the future ♥