This week, the Humane Cosmetics Act—new federal legislation that seeks to ban the testing of cosmetic products on animals—was introduced to the United States Senate. The act was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators that includes vegan Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Animal-rights group Cruelty Free International has worked with legislators and companies around the world to end cosmetic animal testing. “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,” said Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew.
The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Personal Care Products Council have joined together to support the act, saying the legislation would help to ensure a new standard for animal welfare. “We look forward to working with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders, and other key stakeholders, to help enact the Humane Cosmetics Act in this Congress,” the organizations said in a joint statement. On a state level, both California and Nevada recently passed legislation to ban cosmetic testing on animals—which both states will enforce starting January 1, 2020.