Cruelty Free Int’l Looks To Next Congress For Cosmetic Animal-Testing Bill
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
NGO Cruelty Free International is optimistic that the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals and cosmetics containing animal-tested ingredients, will be re-introduced in the next Congress. The bill sponsor’s expected successor in the House, Democrat Don Beyer, cites “prohibiting animal testing in the cosmetics industry” among issues he aspires to promote.
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