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USA: Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals proposed

The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148) was introduced in US Congress by Congressman Jim Moran. The Act would ban conducting or commissioning animal use for cosmetics testing in the US and would prohibit the sale or transport of cosmetics if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing. The bill is endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Humane Society International, along with members and stakeholders of the personal care products industry. The use of animals for testing of cosmetics ingredients or final products is currently banned in the European Union, Israel, Norway, India (see p. 236), and the State of São Paulo, Brazil (see p. 234), with the European Union, Israel, and Norway also prohibiting the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.


However, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 introduced in March 2013 by Jan Schakowsky and Ed Markey (H.R. 1385) would require a safety assessment of all cosmetics ingredients currently in use and could increase animal used for cosmetics ingredients testing in the US to up to 1.1 million animals per year for the next ten years (see Knight and Rovida, p. 177 - 208).





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