Last week I was proud to introduce H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would end the use of animal testing for cosmetics products made in the U.S. and phase out the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals, regardless of the country in which they were produced.
Before reaching store shelves, cosmetics companies have to prove their products are safe for U.S. consumers, whether skin cream, perfume, lipstick, nail polish, etc. Unfortunately, that means every year, thousands of animals that families routinely keep as pets – rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice - are subjected to inhumane abuses in the name of beauty. While cheaper and more effective alternatives to animal testing exist, the U.S. has failed to keep up with rest of the world by continuing to allow animal testing.
Safety testing using animals is inherently cruel as animals are intentionally subjected to extraordinary abuses. Skin and eye irritant tests include rubbing chemicals on shaved skin or dripping it into the eyes of restrained rabbits. Repeated force feeding studies are common ways to look for general illnesses or specific health hazards. And widely condemned "lethal dose" tests force animals to swallow large amounts of chemicals to determine the fatal amount.