The Humane Cosmetics Act bill introduced in Senate. House introduction expected within hours.
Below are quotes from HSUS president and CEO Kitty Block, and HSLF president Sara Amundson:
“With thousands of ingredients available for use and a growing number of methods that don’t require animal testing, there is no justification for the continued use of cruel and outdated tests on animals to substantiate cosmetic safety,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “We thank the Senate sponsors for their steadfast leadership and are grateful for the commitment from industry leaders to bring about real change in the use of animal testing for cosmetics. It is time for Congress to quickly pass the Humane Cosmetics Act and make the United States the next cruelty-free cosmetics marketplace.”
“Some thirty years in the making, the partnership between the Humane Society Legislative Fund and Personal Care Products Council to support the Humane Cosmetics Act is a remarkable milestone in the fight to end new animal testing for cosmetics,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We applaud the strong bipartisanship leadership of the bill by Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Passage of the Act will place the United States at the center of a worldwide shift from animal testing to cruelty-free methodologies for assuring the safety of cosmetics. There isn’t a measure better suited to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, DC, these days.”
Humane Groups and Cosmetics Trade Association Join Together to Support Introduction of Bipartisan Humane Cosmetics Act
WASHINGTON —The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Personal Care Products Council issue the following joint statement on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the U.S. Senate:
“Today marks a historic moment with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate by Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. In the true spirit of collaboration, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Personal Care Products Council encourage expeditious bipartisan passage of the legislation in this Congress.
“Our precedent-setting support brings together the personal care products industry and animal advocacy community. We stand firm in our shared goal to eliminate new cosmetics animal testing and promote recognition, and acceptance of alternative approaches to cosmetics safety assessments.
“We applaud these senators for driving this important bipartisan effort to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act. This consensus among diverse stakeholders was essential, and enactment of this legislation is critically important to ensure a uniform standard for animal welfare, while continuing to support the development of safe and innovative cosmetics and personal care products.
“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.”