The Leaping Bunny Program Has Serious Concerns about the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which runs the Leaping Bunny Program, has serious concerns about the recently introduced Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385), legislation that will overhaul the way cosmetic products are regulated in the United States. While this legislation’s intended purpose is to ensure that cosmetic and personal care products are safe, it will likely require a significant number of animals to test and retest finished products and ingredients for safety.

Although the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act does support the development and use of non-animal test methods, many toxicity testing protocols still rely on the use of animals. CCIC believes this is the wrong approach and the United States should instead harmonize its cosmetics laws with those of the European Union, which prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics and their component ingredients while ensuring consumer safety.

Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; the National Anti-Vivisection Society; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. For more information, contact the CCIC at (888) 546-2242 or admin@leapingbunny.org.