Representative Jim Moran

Representing the 8th District of Virginia
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Moran Bill Would End Animal Cosmetics Testing

Mar 5, 2014
Press Release

Washington D.C. -- Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Co-Chair of the House Animal Protection Caucus, introduced H.R. 4148, the “Humane Cosmetics Act,” today which would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in foreign countries.

“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,” said Rep. Moran.  “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, said: "Americans deserve to have access to safe and humane products, and there is no compelling need for animal testing for cosmetics. We thank Congressman Moran for his leadership on this legislation, which will align the U.S. with the global trend moving away from animal testing of cosmetics. We have powerful and reliable alternatives available and it's time to embrace those new technologies and stop harming animals for unnecessary reasons."

LUSH North America CEO & President Mark Wolverton says: “LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, our customers and ingredient suppliers support the Humane Cosmetics Act, and we urge members of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor this important bill. We believe all cosmetics should be cruelty-free. There's no excuse for animal testing, and it's our responsibility to speak out on behalf of the voiceless animals locked away from public view. Join us today, as we continue fighting against animal testing.”

For more information about LUSH and its efforts on behalf of animals read here.

The Humane 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. It would also ensure that only safe products, tested with cutting edge technology, enter the American market.