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Cruelty Free: Advancing Humane Cosmetics Act Would Send Global Signal

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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If the U.S. Humane Cosmetics Act were to pass, it would encourage the rest of the world to "fall into line" and ban cosmetic animal testing, according to Cruelty Free International.

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