Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

By on November 18, 2019 with 20 Comments

The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step toward ending cosmetics animal testing in all of the United States, with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act.

The bill would, with certain exceptions, end all animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients in the United States and prohibit the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere else in the world. The United States is one of the world’s largest cosmetics markets and this bill has the potential to spare the lives of thousands of mice, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs.

Although versions of the Humane Cosmetics Act have been introduced in past Congresses, we are especially optimistic it will succeed this time because there is unprecedented support for passing it from the cosmetics industry itself. In an exciting development, our Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society of the United States teams worked with the Personal Care Products Council, the leading national trade association representing cosmetic and personal care products companies, to propose language for the bill in both its House and Senate versions.

Passing a law banning cosmetics testing would put us on a par with many other nations globally who have, working in cooperation with Humane Society International, already passed laws banning or limiting the use of animal tests for cosmetics, including India, New Zealand, South Korea, Guatemala, Australia and all countries in the European Union. Multinational cosmetics companies must already comply with the laws in these countries to sell products there, and, starting January 2020, they must also comply with laws banning the sales of cosmetics newly tested on animals in California, Nevada and Illinois.

This cruelty-free surge is driven by consumers who are increasingly scanning store shelves for products not tested on animals. Cosmetics producers have been only too happy to comply, and already more than 1,000 brands in North America have committed to producing cosmetics that are free of new animal testing.

When creating their products, these brands can choose from the thousands of safe ingredients already available, or use advanced scientific alternative test methods and new technologies that are often more reliable, efficient and cost-effective than animal tests. And as the global market for non-animal tests expands, new and improved methods will continue to be developed, leading to safer cosmetics without harming animals.

In recent years, our #BeCrueltyFree campaign has partnered with global beauty giants, including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Avon and the Estée Lauder Companies, to ban animal testing for cosmetics in all major global beauty markets by 2023. We’ve worked together to standardize legislation to end cosmetics animal testing, share information on alternative testing methods, and invest in education and training for scientists.

Cosmetics tests on animals are not only unnecessary and ineffective, they also involve serious animal suffering. Animals used in these tests have substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes, or smeared onto their skin, and they are left to suffer for days or weeks without pain relief. Our thanks to Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Ken Calvert, R-Calif., for introducing this important bill designed to bring our nation’s laws into alignment with the wishes of the majority of American consumers. For our part, we promise to push with all our might and passion to make this the Congress that ends the ugliness of cosmetics animal testing.

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

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  1. Jennie Richards says:

    Avon, Mary Kay And Estée Lauder are still testing on animals. After more than two decades following a “no testing on animals” policy, cosmetics giants Avon, Mary Kay, and Estee Lauder have resumed the practice of testing on animals without letting consumers know. September 30, 2019

  2. Michele OBrien says:

    Estee Lauder is NOT cruelty free. They allow testing of animals for cosmetics in China. Nor is Procter & Gamble. They are behind their billion-dollar seller Oil of Olay and Oil of Olay as per cruelty free websites is absolutely not cruelty free. Why do you promote them. Oh I guess they give you a great deal of money.

    My guess is you will take this comment down or not posted at all but you should not because people should be aware of this as should you. Thank you

    • Sammy says:

      I just read an article about Estee Lauder as they say they are Cruelty Free but they aren’t. Which is sad as I love Mac products and now that I know they are still testing on animals I must throw them away. Test on humans. They look prettier with make up on anyways

  3. June Vanessa Woolverton Johnson says:

    Animal testing is cruel and unusual punishment to defenseless innocent animals. How can anyone with a conscious subject these animals to untold horrors in the name of cosmetics? Science has come too far to practice these antiquated tortures on animals anymore!

  4. Gail Seidel Simpson says:

    What kind of people are you

  5. Frances Leard says:

    This bill should have been implemented years ago to stop these greedy companies from the sick cruel abuse on these innocent animals.

    We need to boycott all the companies that continue to destroy our animals and put them out of business.

  6. Selina Harris says:

    Cosmetics testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary.

  7. Karen Moyer says:

    Please stop testing these products on innocent animals!!
    It is horribly painful and frightening for them!!

  8. Laura Calderon says:

    Please stop animal cruelty by testing on innocent defenseless creatures!

  9. Gina Anthony says:

    This is completely unnecessary at this point & is nothing but animal abuse!! Please end this once & for all!!

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  12. Kathy says:

    Please stop

  13. Dawna says:

    Stop please! Next will be the people! God see’s this! He see’s all!!🤷

  14. Stacy Dremsa says:

    Please don’t torture those sweet innocent animals, it’s so not necessary. They don’t deserve to be tortured, they have feelings and feel pain just like we do. PLEASE STOP THIS!

  15. Beth Zanaras says:

    Please stop this cruel and inhumane practice. These animals are innocent and totally defenseless. It’s pure EVIL.

  16. Janet Schwind says:

    Please stop this horrific practice. We do not need or want our cosmetics tested on animals.

  17. Carolyn Denton says:

    Many companies who declare they ” Do Not Test On Animals” have others do their dirty work for them. It’s a dishonest practice but happens a lot.
    The say “finished product not tested on animals” because some other company has already tested the “ingredients” for them. Misleading and disgraceful.

  18. Wendy says:

    Myself, family members & friends no longer purchase cosmetics and body care products from companies that test on animals. We will not support animal cruelty!

  19. kathryn m. says:

    In the past, companies have said that they’re ‘cruelty free’ but still sell their products in to China, where animal testing is required. Is this still the case? I think this is a loophole that should not be tolerated. Cosmetics/personal care companies that are promoting themselves as ‘cruelty free’ should NOT distribute into China.

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