U.S. Next Target In Cruelty Free’s Crusade For Global Animal-Test Ban
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Cruelty Free International calls on FDA to follow the EU’s example and ban animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The group has launched a new campaign to generate support among American consumers while inviting visitors to its website to sign a global pledge to end cosmetic animal testing worldwide.
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Introduced in the House March 5 by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., HR 4148 seeks to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, or containing ingredients tested on animals, three years after the bill’s enactment. Cruelty Free International is calling for the legislation’s “swift passage” to protect animals and align the U.S. with global regulatory trends.
Using protozoa instead of rabbits and other animals to test mascara for acute toxicity could be a viable and relatively inexpensive strategy for cosmetics firms, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who published a related study recently in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Reportedly, India’s Bureau of Indian Standards has revised its standard for cosmetic safety testing, effectively banning the use of animals to substantiate the safety of cosmetic products and ingredients, in harmony with the European Union. Meanwhile, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg reports “first signs of acceptance of alternative methods in China.”