US bill to end global cosmetic animal testing
US Congressman Jim Moran has introduced The Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill that could end cosmetic animal testing across the States and encourage a global chain reaction, including Australia.
The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, would prohibit animal testing within the US and the sale or transportation of any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component underwent animal testing. The passing of the bill could see America join the European Union and Israel who banned the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics last year.
Before last year’s Federal Election, Deputy Labour leader Tanya Plibersek announced a re-elected Labour Government would phase out animal-tested cosmetic products from the Australian market.
Craig Jones, founder of Queensland based natural skincare company, MooGoo, hoped animal tested products would be eliminated from the Australian market in line with the recent US bill.
“We applaud Congressman Jim Moran on introducing The Humane Cosmetics Act. Animal testing is not only inhumane, but completely unnecessary as there are more reliable, cost effective and animal-friendly methods of ensuring product safety,” said Mr Jones.
“To our knowledge, there are no skincare companies that test on animals within Australia, however some Australian made cosmetics are tested on animals in China as part of gaining regulatory approval in China. No official ban is in place and animal tested cosmetics are still sold in the Australian market. Last year the European Union banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics and now the US is moving in the same direction. It would seem logical that Australia follows suit.”
A ban on cosmetic animal testing would ensure a leading spot for Australia in the competitive and shifting global cosmetic market which is experiencing a strong demand to end animal testing on cosmetic products.