California Becomes First State To Ban Sales Of Animal-Tested Products
The fight against animal testing has been a long, arduous battle. Many cosmetic brands claim to be "cruelty free" although they sell in China, where animal testing is mandatory. The United States as a whole has not banned animal testing, even though many global economies have. However, a legislative breakthrough occurred on August 31st.
Six months ago, California Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249. On August 31, it was unanimously passed by the state assembly. “I’m proud of California lawmakers for moving science, industry, and ethics forward today,” Senator Galgiani said. “Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans, and don’t harm animals.” The bill will go into effect on January 1, 2020, making it illegal for any cosmetic company to sell products knowingly tested on animals.