A bill that would end animal testing for cosmetics after one year, and phase out the sale of animal tested cosmetics in three years, has been re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The move, led by a bipartisan group of legislators lead by Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), has been applauded by anti-animal testing organisation Cruelty Free International and retail giant The Body Shop.
There are currently no laws banning animal tests for cosmetics in 80 per cent of the world.
In order to be brought to market, cosmetics have traditionally been tested on animals to demonstrate efficacy and safety.
But this can be done effectively and reliably using approved non-animal tests and combinations of existing ingredients already established as safe for human use.
The European Union – the world’s largest cosmetics market – ended the testing of cosmetics products on animals in 2003 and of ingredients in 2009.
In 2013, it outlawed the sale in Europe of new cosmetics tested on animals outside the EU, inspiring legislation around the world.
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: “We are delighted that this landmark bill has been re-introduced with strong bi-partisan support.
“Consumers in the U.S. and worldwide want cosmetics produced without the cruel use of animals and without compromising safety or quality.
“That’s why it’s time for the Humane Cosmetics Act in the U.S., and for a United Nations global ban to end cosmetics animal testing – everywhere and forever.”
Jessie Macneil-Brown, Senior Manager International Campaigns, added: “The Body Shop is campaigning alongsideCruelty Free International to call for a UN global ban on animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients.
“We are proud of the part we have played in changing animal testing laws around the world.
“The Humane Cosmetics Act, which we support – would help harmonise international laws which is good for animals and business.”