H.R. 4148: Humane Cosmetics Act
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, which prohibits testing cosmetics on animals and also the sale of any cosmetics or ingredients that have been tested on animals. Animal-based tests for these products are not only inhumane, but also scientifically unreliable for predicting the effect of a product on humans. Many reliable alternatives to animal testing, such as use of cell lines, artificial skin, and computer models, have been developed and are already accepted by the FDA, and as Rep. Moran noted in an essay published in Scientific American on May 28, 2014, "[m]any multinational companies have embraced these alternative test methods, reducing and in some cases eliminating their dependence on animal testing." California, New Jersey, and New York already prohibit the use of animals for product testing when validated alternatives are available, and the California legislature recently passed a resolution urging Congress to take this step. Such a ban went into effect in the European Union in March 2013.