Earlier this week, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to phase out cosmetic testing on animals. If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act would end the suffering of animals in this country that are currently used to safety-test products such as mascara, deodorant, and shampoo.
As you might imagine, these test-subject animals—such as rabbits— are not "using the products as directed." Instead they are often forced to, for example, ingest or inhale the substances, or have them injected into their skin. Presumably, some of these tests are designed to protect humans from their own stupidity, and cosmetic companies from lawsuits.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, which supports the bill, thousands of animals are unnecessarily suffering and dying in outdated experiments to test beauty products and ingredients, while viable alternatives for safety testing exist.
The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2015 (H.R.2858) is a revival of a bill that was introduced last year, but not enacted by Congress. Advocacy organizations are working to prevent this year's bill from meeting the same fate by rallying constituents to contact lawmakers early on, and enlisting support from celebrities and non-testing cosmetic companies.
The bill, introduced on June 23, 2015, has bipartisan support from co-sponsoring Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joseph Heck (R-NV) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).
More than 30 countries, including India, Israel, Norway, and every country in the European Union, have already instituted bans on animal testing for cosmetics.
To learn more about the Humane Cosmetics Act, or for simple tools like a telephone directory and template e-mail for contacting your U.S. Representative, visit the The Humane Society online.
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