California Is the First State to Ban the Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

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Updated Post September 5, 2018:

It's official: California just became the first state to ban the sales of animal-tested products. The state passed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249 on Tuesday, meaning that it will be illegal for companies to knowingly sell any cosmetics or hygiene products that contain any component that has been tested on animals.

"I'm proud of California lawmakers for moving science, industry, and ethics forward today," Senator Galgiani said in a statement, Refinery29 reports. "Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans and don't harm animals." 

The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2020 in order to give Californian companies enough time to clear out their inventory of products that do not meet the new cruelty-free requirements. Considering this law is a major win for those fighting to end animal testing, we can't help but think other states will soon follow suit. So stay tuned for updates!

Original Post February 23, 2018:

Always on the forefront of living a cleaner, healthier, more ethical way of life, the state of California is putting its best foot forward to put and end to animal testing once and for all. The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Cathleen Galigiana, would legitimately ban the sale of any type of cosmetic that is tested on animals.

Recognized as the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, the current bill (if passed) would deem it illegal 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…”

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Back in 2000, the state achieved its first level of success in the fight against protecting innocent animals when it put measures into place to make it illegal to test products on animals when, in fact, other more appropriate methods were readily accessible.

Stay tuned to NewBeauty for updates!

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  • Kim J
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    Finally! I hope more states and countries will do this.

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