WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A bill introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in foreign countries.
Proposed by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), the Human Cosmetics Act would end the use of inhumane animal testing methods in favor of cost effective testing alternatives that keep the American cosmetics industry competitive in a changing global market that increasingly requires non-animal safety tests, according to a news release.
"The U.S. can and should phase out the use of animals in cosmetic safety testing. Not only are animal-based tests fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans," Rep. Moran said in a statement. "This legislation would encourage the use of testing alternatives that are more effective and cheaper to conduct, helping the American cosmetic industry remain the dominant, and humane, leader in the global cosmetics market."
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and LUSH North America CEO & President Mark Wolverton both supported the bill.
"Americans deserve to have access to safe and humane products, and there is no compelling need for animal testing for cosmetics," Pacelle said in a statement.
The bill would also ensure that only safe products, tested with cutting edge technology, enter the American market, according to a news release.