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May 28, 2014 Published in From Congress, Top Stories

Cosmetics Industry Leaders Back Moran Bill To End Animal Testing

Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, today announced 133 companies and stakeholders in the cosmetics industry have endorsed his Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148) to prohibit the manufacture and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States.

“I’m thrilled the Humane Cosmetics Act has garnered such significant support since I introduced it in March.  This wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous efforts of the Humane Society of the United States, Cruelty Free International, and the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics,” said Rep. Moran. “These groups have been instrumental in communicating the need for cruelty free cosmetic products and the industry is responding.  They know animal-based tests are fundamentally inhumane and it’s time to do away with this outdated practice.”

John Paul DeJoria, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Paul Mitchell said, “Paul Mitchell is the first professional hair care brand to take a strong stance against animal testing…we just refused to do it.  We are extremely proud to be cruelty free and are honored to support the Humane Cosmetic Act to end cosmetic testing on animals in the United States.”

Chris Davis, International Director of Campaigns & Corporate Responsibility for The Body Shop said, "The Body Shop is proud to support the Humane Cosmetics Act.  For over 20 years, The Body Shop has been campaigning to ban animal testing in cosmetics and we're immensely proud of the impact we have made in changing the law in the EU.  As a leader in the global beauty industry, we'd now like to see the U.S. end cosmetics testing on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act would help harmonize international laws on this issue which is good for business and good for animals.”

Curt J. Valva, President & CEO, Aubrey Organics, Inc. said, "Aubrey Organics is proud to be a staunch supporter of the Humane Cosmetics Act.  This is not something we take lightly; it is our way of life, our creed.  In-vitro testing of ingredients, in the lab and not on animals, is now a scientifically proven harmless and effective manner of ensuring consumer safety. This progress can easily be rolled out to all cosmetic products produced within the United States without delay or hardship. It is simply the right thing to do."

While animal-based tests are fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans.  The Humane Cosmetics Act would end the use of animal testing methods in favor of cost effective alternatives that keep the American cosmetics industry competitive in a changing global market.  It would ensure that only safe products, tested with cutting edge technology, enter the American market.

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