Virginia congressman introduces bill to ban using animals for cosmetics tests

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From a PETA campaign against animal-testing.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, has introduced legislation that would ban animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals on other countries.

The legislation is called the Humane Cosmetics Act.

"The U.S. can and should phase out the use of animals in cosmetic safety testing," Moran said in a statement to the press. "Not only are animal-based tests fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans."

The congressman said his 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."

Moran's office said the measure 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.

Endorsing the legislation, Mark Wolverton, president and CEO of LUSH North America, said, "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."

The Humane Society of the United States also has endorsed the legislation.