The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which runs the Leaping Bunny Program, has concerns about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359), similar to those it had with the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. This legislation will overhaul the way cosmetic products are regulated in the United States. While this legislation’s intended purpose is to ensure that cosmetic products are safe, it is likely to have disastrous consequences for the animals who will be used to test cosmetic products and ingredients.
Although the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 includes language endorsing the development and use of non-animal test methods, there is little doubt that new testing required by this bill will result in substantial increases in the numbers of animals used in testing.
CCIC hopes that any action to change cosmetic regulations will instead require the use of non-animal tests and harmonize U.S. law with the European Union, which prohibits the use of animals to test cosmetics and their component ingredients.