HSI and its local partners were also behind New Zealand's recent decision to ban animal testing of cosmetics, and they are now working to ensure an import ban on animal tested cosmetics is the next step. While HSI is also campaigning to end cosmetics cruelty in Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Australia, China and Taiwan, The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund are spearheading the Be Cruelty-Free campaign in the US, and leading legislative activities to see similar prohibitions be put in place here at home.
Last year, The HSUS and HSLF worked with Rep. Jim Moran to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill that would end animal testing for cosmetics in the US. The bill received support from Democrats and Republicans, and was backed by more than 140 cosmetics companies and stakeholders, including Overstock.com, Coty, Lush, Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, Juice Beauty, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Seventh Generation.
In addition to making sense for consumers and protecting animals, aligning our regulations with countries that have already implemented bans on cosmetic animal testing is needed if the US wants to remain a leader in the industry. Cosmetics companies have to comply with those bans to continue to facilitate the trade of cosmetics goods, so eliminating animal testing in the US beauty industry makes good business sense.