The California senate has passed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249) in a 21 to 9 vote. The state is another step closer to becoming the first state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics. The bill was introduced to Senator Cathleen Galgiani and it was sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Social Compassion in Legislation.
California constituents were encouraged to write to their local representatives and vote in favour of the new bill, after PCRM launched a promotional video that included celebrity activists such as Alicia Silverstone and Moby who were supporting the new legislation.
Following the passing of the bill, Senator Galgiani said: “I appreciate that Democratic and Republican senators came together to move this important policy forward. Looking your best shouldn’t have to come at the expense of harming animals with painful eye and skin tests.”
Kirstie Sullivan, M.P.H., toxicologist and vice president of research policy for PCRM, said: “Today Californians are one step closer to safe, cruelty-free cosmetics. Senators recognise that human-relevant test methods, not rabbits and mice, are the best way to ensure safety, and we couldn’t agree more.”
The bill now moves onto the Assembly, where if it passes, the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics, including make-up, hair products, skin care and personal hygiene products by 2020.
The bill would prompt companies with existing animal testing policies to re-evaluate their policies, forcing them to adopt cruelty-free methods.