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US Bill Introduced to End Animal-Testing for Cosmetics

New legislation would require companies to phase out cosmetic testing in the United States within a year.

Today, a federal bill that would end animal testing for cosmetics was reintroduced by US Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Joe Heck (R-NV), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA). If passed, HR 2858 would make it illegal for any company—public or private—to conduct cosmetic animal testing, or sell cosmetic products that have been tested on animals. Previously introduced by former Representative James Moran (D-VA) in March of 2014, this version focuses on economic issues, and would go into effect in one year. Helping with this initiative is The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which played a critical role in gathering the four sponsors and getting the legislation reintroduced. “Given the ready availability of alternatives, there is no compelling reason to continue using outdated animal testing methods that cause tremendous animal suffering,” Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president, said in a press release today. “So many companies are already using non-animal tests for shampoos, makeups, and other products sold around the world, and the United States can help accelerate that trend.” Canada also introduced similar legislation this week. If both bills are approved, the North American countries would join more than 30 nations worldwide with cruelty-free cosmetic laws.

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