California is aiming to ban the sale of all animal tested cosmetics, including any ingredients in the products that may have been tested on animals. The bill called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act will “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 Jan. 1, 2020.
“A violation would result in a fine of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation.”
California have previously taken the lead in banning the use of animal testing where alternative methods are available, making non-animal tests a primary focus.
In a statement released about the new bill, Senator Cathleen Galgiani said: “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.”
Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation said: “The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act would save thousands of animals’ lives each year while making cosmetics safer for humans.”
She added: “This policy is tried and true as the European Union implemented a similar law over 5 years ago and the sky didn’t fall. Animals have been saved while companies have flourished and grown without cruelty as part of their business model.”
Non-animal approaches to testing cosmetics include engineered 3D human skin tissues and other types of cells and sophisticated computer models. These methods are cheaper, faster, and have more accurate results compared to animal tests. Animal tests often yield inaccurate results, putting thousands of animals through unnecessary suffering.
Monica Engebretson of Cruelty Free International said: “Our success in ending cosmetics testing on animals in the European Union and now in growing number countries has proven that a cruelty cosmetics market is possible. We applaud Senator Galgiani for introducing this bill to ensure that cosmetics sold in California are safe and humane.”
In recent months New York proposed a ban to test cosmetics on animals where alternative methods are available, a stepping stone in the right direction. Cruelty Free International work tirelessly to promote alternative testing methods that will also provide accurate results, without costing animals their lives.