The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund have presented the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) with the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for championing federal legislation to ensure cosmetics are free from new animal testing and for leading its approximately 600 member cosmetics companies toward a humane future.
PCPC worked closely with animal groups to come up with strong language for the Humane Cosmetics Act, demonstrating that the United States cosmetics industry is ready to move away from the animal testing.
Lezlee Westine, president and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, said, “We are honored to accept this award and proud of our work with the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund to find alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products. We firmly believe that partnerships are key to achieving meaningful solutions to some of our biggest challenges. Our collaboration with HSUS and HSLF is essential to enacting legislation to ensure a uniform standard for animal welfare, while continuing to support developing safe and innovative products that consumers trust and enjoy every day.”
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, wrote in their joint blog today:
“The Spira awards are given each year to forward-thinking companies, business associations and entrepreneurs whose efforts and actions have brought relief from cruelty and suffering to millions, if not billions, of animals worldwide. That it should go to the PCPC is especially fitting because Henry Spira, after whom the award is named, focused national attention on major cosmetics manufacturers’ use of animals to test cosmetic ingredients, formulations and finished products. Spira led a decades-long campaign to push cosmetics companies to end new animal testing.”