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Humane Cosmetics Act in US!

Posted: 19 March 2014. Updated: 11 October 2017


ADI supports the Humane Cosmetics Act, which seeks to phase out animal testing for cosmetics within three years (no testing after 1 year and no sale or transport of animal-tested products within 3 years). It would prohibit conducting or contracting for animal testing within a year, and the sale and transport of products so tested after three years. The Humane Cosmetics Act was previously introduced in the 113th Congress by ADI Animal Champion and now retired Representative Jim Moran, and in the 114th Congress by US Representatives Martha McSally, Don Beyer, Joe Heck, and Tony Cárdenas. Representative McSally introduced it again in the 115th Congress as HR2790, where it now enjoys the bipartisan support of 107 cosponsors.

"Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are as a country. There’s no reason to continue this cruel practice when we have cost-effective alternatives that can bring about safe products for consumers.” US Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

ADI investigations expose terrible torment endured by animals in cosmetic testing, including racks of rabbits restrained in stocks while products are dripped into their eyes and guinea pigs suffering raw and inflamed skin lesions. These tests typically involve:

  • Repeat dose toxicity: a product may be pumped down an animal’s throat or applied to its skin, or the animal might be forced to inhale it, to observe chronic, long-term effects on organs.
  • Skin sensitization: may involve abrading the skin and deliberately causing painful damage to assess potential allergic reactions to substances with contact.
  • Carcinogenicity: animals are exposed and monitored for cell changes which could lead to the development of cancer during or after exposure.
  • Reproductive toxicity: animals are exposed to substances before and/or during pregnancy to test for poisonous effects, including its ability to reproduce, as well as damage to the fetus or its development.

The tide is turning; a (2015 Gallup poll) revealed more than two-thirds in the US are “concerned” or “very concerned” about animals suffering in research, with a third saying animals should have the same rights as humans. A 2015 Nielson poll found most consumers considered “not tested on animals” as the most important packaging claim, with 43% willing to pay more for such products. At least 140 personal care products companies have endorsed the Act.

People around the world are turning their backs on these outdated methods. ADI worked for decades with NAVS on the 2013 EU ban; we endorse The Humane Cosmetics Act as well, and urge your support to bring the US in line with public opinion and 30 countries who’ve banned cruel and needless testing (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK). A similar bill is also moving forward in Canada.

As it stands, cosmetics companies must meet cruelty-free requirements for the 1.5 billion consumers in the global marketplace. Hundreds of cruelty-free cosmetic companies now thrive in North America, and the market increasingly demands humane products.

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