Update: California residents, your calls and e-mails worked! The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S.B. 1249) has passed in the state’s Senate. It’s now heading for a vote in the Assembly. We’ll keep you posted on its progress, so stay tuned for information on the Assembly version of this important bill.
Exciting news: California has the chance to become the first state in the country to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S.B. 1249) will soon be up for a vote in the California Senate. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and the group Social Compassion in Legislation, would make it illegal for cosmetics manufacturers to import or sell any cosmetics in California if the final product or any of its components was tested on animals after January 1, 2020. The legislation also covers personal-hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner.
There are many non-animal testing alternatives that are cheaper, faster, and actually superior when it comes to predicting human reactions to substances. They include the use of 3-D tissue structures produced from human cells and sophisticated computer models.
If this legislation becomes law, California would join the European Union, Israel, India, and other countries that have enacted similar bans.
Because California’s market is so large, this ban could have a big impact on all cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients for sale in the United States.