THE WHAT? Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop have applauded the introduction of the new Humane Cosmetics Act in the US Senate.
THE DETAILS Bill number S.2886, to use its less snappy title, was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators and purports to end the use of animal-based testing for cosmetic products in the US and prohibit the sale of any cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
“Cruelty Free International applauds this renewed effort to bring an end to animal testing for cosmetics across the United States that will match the progress that we have seen around the world as consumers, companies, regulators and advocates come together to achieve a common goal of ensuring that animals no longer suffer for the sake of cosmetics anywhere,” commented Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew.
THE WHY? Opposition to animal testing in the US for cosmetics is strong, and support for this bill high across party lines. Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans said they would support a federal law to ban the practice.
Jessie Macneil-Brown, Head of Global Activism for The Body Shop said, “The Body Shop is thrilled to see the new Humane Cosmetics Act introduced to the Senate today. For over 30 years, The Body Shop has been campaigning to ban animal testing in cosmetics and we’re immensely proud of the impact we have made, together with Cruelty Free International, in changing the law in the EU. As a leader in the global beauty industry, we welcome this latest development and support the US in ending cosmetics testing on animals. This new Humane Cosmetics Act would help harmonize international laws on this issue which we know millions of customers around the world support. It is good for animals, it is good for business, it’s good for everyone.”