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US House and Senate Reintroduces Bipartisan Humane Cosmetics Act

December 15, 2021 Kelly Kovack
December 15, 2021
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The Humane Cosmetics Act was reintroduced last week by a bipartisan group of legislators, including Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Ken Calvert (R-CA), as well as 70 other house cosponsors. The bill would end the use of animal-based testing for cosmetics in the US and prohibit the sale of any cosmetic product tested on animals after the date of enactment.

“Congress must bring an end to the cruel and outdated practice of animal testing," said Rep. Beyer. "Advances in the cosmetics industry have already made the process unnecessary by offering safer and more scientifically sound methods. By passing the Humane Cosmetics Act, we are outlawing an obsolete and inhumane practice without damaging American businesses. I thank my colleagues in both parties and chambers for their support of the Humane Cosmetics Act, which I hope will receive swift consideration."

A 2019 online poll conducted by SurveyUSA for Cruelty Free International revealed that opposition to animal testing for cosmetics is strong across generations, and support for a national law prohibiting the practice is high across party lines. The poll found that nearly 79% surveyed would support a federal law banning animal testing for cosmetics. When broken down by self-reported party affiliation, the poll shows high support across party lines, with 83% Democrat, 72% Republican, and 80% of Independents "supporting" or "strongly supporting" a federal ban. The poll also revealed that the desire to end animal testing for cosmetics is a cross-generational value shared by Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers equally passionate about the issue.

Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International's Head of Public Affairs for North America, said, “In a difficult political climate, this is an issue that could be a shining example of political and generational unity. Our work in several states has proven that there is an appetite for legislative action on this issue with bans already in effect in four states, others set to come into force soon, and legislation pending in New York."

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