California has become the first State in the US to ban animal testing for cosmetics. California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) means that it is illegal for a manufacturer to import or sell any cosmetic products if they or the products used to make them were tested on animals on or after January 1, 2020.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) celebrated this historic victory, with the organization’s president Jan Creamer stating: “ADI is thrilled to see California take the lead and outlaw the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Other U.S. states now need to follow suit and make these outdated, unnecessary tests a thing of the past. With advanced alternatives available, there is no excuse for painful animal experiments to continue.”
Bill sponsor Senator Cathleen Galgiani remarked: “California has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests. Inaction at the federal level compels California to lead the way in ensuring a cruelty-free cosmetics market for its citizens by barring any new ingredients or cosmetics that are tested on animals.”
One down, only 49 more states to go. Let's Keep going!