Last month, saw the introduction of a bipartisan bill designed to phase out animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients in the United States. The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R.2858, will bring the U.S. in line with more than 30 other countries that have already implemented similar bans.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).

While the current U.S. law does not require animal testing for cosmetics, it does not prohibit it either, thus laboratories and/or manufactures may choose to use animal testing to bring to market various products that are safe for consumers.  This bill will formally forbid animal testing in both cosmetics ingredients and finished products. You can view the bill text here on

Legislative Comments

Two of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Martha McSally and Rep. Don Beyer championed that American consumers want to see an end to these inhumane practices and American voters are in favor of federal legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics.

  • Rep. Martha McSally – “Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are as a country. There’s no reason to continue this cruel practice when we have cost-effective alternatives that can bring about safe products for consumers. As an animal lover and volunteer, I’m pleased to be introducing this legislation with my colleagues to take a stand against the inhumane treatment of animals.”
  • Rep. Don Beyer – “It is time for us to end the painful and completely unnecessary process of testing American cosmetics on animals. Safer, more cost effective, and completely humane alternatives already exist, and the United States is in no danger of losing its role as a competitive leader in the global cosmetics industry. Now we need to ensure our place as a moral leader.”

Legislative Support

The bill is supported by The Humane Society of the United States and several celebrities including Kesha, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Ricky Gervais. More than 140 companies in the cosmetics industry such as LUSH, COTY, The Body Shop, Overstock and Paul Mitchell have demonstrated their support in favor of the bill.  In an effort to increase support from multi-national cosmetics manufacturers, such as L’Oréal, that already comply with similar laws in more than 30 countries, the Humane Society is spearheading the #BeCrueltyFree campaign in the U.S.

This is not the first time Congress has introduced legislation banning animal testing, see my previous post here.  Despite an uphill battle in an overworked Congress, we can expect to see congressional hearings with both supporters and opponents of the bill providing comments on proposed solutions and possible outcomes if the bill passes and if it fails.


Are you for a ban on animal testing? Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear them since this is an interesting issue that has been ongoing battle for several years.


1938 is the online magazine blog for Well-Kept Beauty, formally entitled Primer.

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