(ANIMAL TESTING) Tests that use animals to determine the safety of human cosmetic products such as lipstick, perfume, and eyeliner, are killing thousands of animals in the U.S. each year. If the lab animals do not die from such experiments, industries typically kill the animals afterward.

Last week, Congress passed the Humane Cosmetics Act, which will put an end to animal testing for cosmetics throughout the U.S. The bill not only brings the U.S. in line with over 30 other countries who have passed similar bans, but it also works to outlaw animal cruelty.

Humane alternatives to animal cosmetic testing  already exist. Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images
Humane alternatives to animal cosmetic testing already exist and are proven to be more effective. Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

The new law will end animal testing for cosmetics during a one-year phase-out period, and will further end the sale of animal tested cosmetics within three years.

#BeCrueltyFree, the largest campaign to end cosmetics animal testing, celebrates the passing of the Humane Cosmetics Act, and points out how even science fails to back animal tested products.

Claire Mansfield, the campaign’s director, said in a statement:

“Testing cosmetic chemicals for lipstick and shampoo on live animals isn’t just morally indefensible; it also makes poor scientific sense because these animal tests have never been proven reliable to assure human safety. Hundreds of brands produce cosmetics without harming a single animal, and more than 30 countries globally have already banned such testing, so it’s time for the United States to catch up and join the #BeCrueltyFree movement.”

Millions of animals are used for animal testing each year. Photo credit: DW.com
Each year, more than 100 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories for various experiments. Photo credit: DW.com

Even though U.S. law does not require cosmetic products to be tested on animals for human safety purposes, companies still choose to force chemical ingredients on millions of innocent animals each year. This includes mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, frogs, fish, birds, and even cats and dogs. Pain relief is also rarely, if at all, used to console these suffering animals.

Animal justice requires that cosmetic testing become a practice of the past. Celebrities and cosmetic companies including Kesha, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Ricky Gervais, Lush, Juice Beauty and Jack Black, have all shown strong support for the Humane Cosmetics Act.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to sign the pledge to #BeCrueltyFree, and help pass more bills that protect animal rights.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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