Name: Humane Cosmetics Act
Bill Number: S 2886/HR 5141
On November 18, 2019, the Humane Cosmetics Act,
S 2886 and HR 5141, was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of
Representatives, with strong bi-partisan support. This is the first time the
bill has been introduced in the Senate, hopefully marking the beginning of real
progress being made on this issue.
This bill would make it “unlawful for any person, whether private
or governmental, to knowingly conduct or contract for cosmetic animal testing”
in the United States. The bill would also make it unlawful to sell, offer for
sale or transport across state lines any cosmetic that was developed using
animal tests. The ban on the sale would take effect one year after the law is
enacted in order to allow stores to sell their old inventory.
states across the country (CA, IL, NJ, NV, NY and VA) have passed laws prohibiting
cosmetics safety testing on animals or the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in
their state—and while more states have introduced and are still considering
passage of a cosmetics testing ban—passage of a federal law will apply to every
state in the country without further action.
House bill, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Vern Buchanan, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep.
Ken Calvert and Rep. Tony Cárdenas, had 186 bipartisan
co-sponsors when it was considered last session. This year, for the first time, the bill has also been introduced in
the Senate, with Sen. Martha McSally (a former sponsor
of the Humane Cosmetics bill when she was in the House), Sen. Cory Booker, Sen.
Rob Portman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse as original co-sponsors.
cosmetics on animals is an indefensible waste of animal life and the cause of
animal suffering when reliable non-animal safety tests have been available for
years. NAVS celebrates the introduction of these bills and we hope that every
legislator will get on board as a co-sponsor and supporter.
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Please Join in Supporting a Humane Ban on Testing Cosmetics on Animals
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you about an important bill, the Humane Cosmetics Act, S 2886/HR 5141, which would end the use of animals for safety testing by the cosmetics and personal care industry. Much of the cosmetics industry already relies on more predictive non-animal test methods for evaluating the safety and efficacy of a cosmetic, demonstrating that an end to the use of animals will not negatively impact human health.The European Union has already adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety. Many individual countries have also adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety, and work is being done to educate industries and governments in China, Russia and elsewhere about the advantages of using non-animal test methods.This work is being spearheaded by American companies, yet the U.S. continues to permit the use of animals for cruel and painful testing, despite the fact that it is not necessary to guarantee the safety of cosmetics. Six states (CA, IL, NJ, NV, NY and VA) have already passed laws prohibiting cosmetics safety testing on animals or the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in their state and more states are currently considering a ban.Please give your support to the Humane Cosmetics Act by signing on as a co-sponsor and helping the U.S. join other countries worldwide who are adopting these cruelty-free standards nationwide.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]