Many consumers are surprised to learn that animals like rabbits, mice and guinea pigs are still used to assess the safety of cosmetics. Fortunately, countries around the globe have been taking action to make this inhumane practice a thing of the past. The #BeCrueltyFree USA campaign, led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund, is working with cosmetic companies and legislators to make sure the US becomes the next cruelty-free marketplace.
The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858) introduced by Reps. Martha McSally, R, Ariz., Don Beyer, D, Va., Joe Heck, R, Nev., and Tony Cárdenas, D, Calif., would end the use of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients and prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics within three years. With the world's largest cosmetic industry, and the very recent introduction of legislation in Canada, we have the power to make North America the next biggest cruelty-free market place. Passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the US would signal to all countries that wish to remain competitive in the cosmetics market that cruelty will not be tolerated.