Cruelty Free International, an organization working to end animal testing for cosmetics and consumer products, applauds US Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) for introducing the Humane Cosmetics Act. The Act would ban animal testing for cosmetics after a one-year phase in and follow with a three-year phase in period for a ban on the sale of any animal tested cosmetics.
The introduction of the bill follows extensive campaigning in the US by Cruelty Free International and precedes a Congressional briefing "Global regulations and advancements in alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics," hosted by Cruelty Free International in cooperation with Congressman Moran to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
"We are delighted that Congressman Moran has taken a compassionate stand for animals by initiating this Bill. The European Union has proven it is possible to produce safe and humane cosmetics using non-animal methods—it's time for the US to step up and eliminate cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests on animals," said Cruelty Free International Chief Executive Michelle Thew.
Thew wasn't alone in her praise for the retiring Congressman.
"I applaud Congressman Moran for his unwavering support for the protection of animals over the years and now for introducing this ground breaking legislation that aims to end cosmetics testing on animals in the United States once and for all, thus better protecting both animals and humans," said Dr. Theodora Capaldo, president and executive director New England Anti-Vivisection Society and Cruelty Free International U.S. Executive Officer, Boston.