The Humane Cosmetics Act, which would end animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients in the U.S. and prohibit the import of cosmetics tested on animals around the world, has garnered support from nearly 900 companies.
Three-hundred independent companies and nearly 600 members of the Personal Care Products Council have endorsed the bill.
Nearly 40 nations have reportedly already passed laws prohibiting or limiting cosmetics testing on animals.
Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States and Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund wrote in their joint blog:
Cosmetics companies can choose from thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use to create new and innovative products the cruelty-free way. For new ingredients, animal tests are increasingly being replaced with non-animal methods that are often quicker, cheaper and more reliable as predictors of toxicity in humans.
But there is a more fundamental reason to replace conventional animal tests for cosmetics products like shampoo and mascara—the tremendous suffering they cause as rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs have substances variously forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes, or smeared onto their skin. They are often left to suffer for days on end without any pain relief.