California Proposes Ban on Animal Tested Cosmetics

The plans are supported by animal welfare campaigners
Animals suffer in cosmetics testing (Photo: Cruelty Free International)

California has introduced the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state.

If passed, the bill would 'make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020'.

The bill wants to bring Californian law in line with regulations in more than 30 countries including the EU, Norway, Israel, and India which already prohibit the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics.

Success

Monica Engebretson of Cruelty Free International said: "Our success in ending cosmetics testing on animals in the European Union and now in a growing number of countries has proven that a cruelty-free cosmetics market is possible.

"We applaud California for introducing this bill to ensure that cosmetics sold in the state are safe and humane."

Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., Vice President of Research Policy with the Physicians Committee, added: "Banning animal-tested cosmetics in California will encourage manufacturers to clean up their act and stop selling animal-tested products across the United States.

"Passage of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act would be a win for human and animal lives."

The bill could save animals' lives

Leader

According to Cruelty Free International: "California has led the way in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests.

"In 2000, California became the first state to make it unlawful to use animals for testing when an alternative method is available.

"In 2014, the state passed the Cruelty Free International sponsored - Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution - which called on Congress to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and to phase out marketing animal-tested cosmetics."

Act

The introduction of the Act - by Senator Cathleen Galgiani - follows the introduction of similar plans in New York and Hawaii.

"California has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests," said Senator Cathleen Galgiani.

"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."

Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of Plant Based News delivered to your inbox weekly.
------

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

Reuse this content
PBN Contributor:

Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.

(c) 2018 Plant Based News LTD. All Rights Reserved.

Join the conversation

Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on YoutubeFacebookInstagramTwitterour weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.

Support Plant Based News

It's World Vegan Day