Over 80% of the world – including the US – still allows cruel animal testing for cosmetics.
For more than 50 years animals have been used in painful tests to assess the safety of certain chemicals used in cosmetics products.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing worldwide.
We believe this is ethically unacceptable and unnecessary.
Both consumers and scientists are increasingly skeptical about the necessity and validity of animal testing for cosmetics and, with good reason – modern alternatives are cheaper, faster, and can better predict human reactions.
Sadly, countless animals are still subjected to cruel tests each year to bring a new eye shadow or cologne to U.S shelves because in the United States there is no prohibition on the use of animals for cosmetics testing.
In contrast, the European Union – which includes the bastions of beauty, Italy and France – has been phasing out animal testing since 2003, and in 2013, a complete ban on the testing and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients went into effect following Cruelty Free International’s 20-year long campaign. Other countries are also making strides toward ending cosmetics testing on animals.
It is time for the United States to catch up with modern advancements, consumer expectation, and global progress to ensure that cosmetics are safe and humane.
The Humane Cosmetics Act to end animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. This landmark legislation addresses the inherent cruelty of animal testing for cosmetics and seeks to ensure that modern non-animal tests are used to ensure product safety.
So please join Cruelty Free International to ask your Representatives to become co-sponsors of the Humane Cosmetics Act.
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