We previously reported on the bill going that was going to be presented to lawmakers in California, which would see cosmetic animal testing banned. This makes it illegal for companies to sell products that have been tested on animals, and this includes ingredients that have previously been tested that may be used in the product. The bill has passed through the Californian Assembly with a unanimous vote.
Co-author of the bill, Ash Kalra, said: “I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to present SB 1249 on the Assembly floor, which would put a ban on animal testing in cosmetics, in favour of more ethical approaches to cosmetic testing.
“This compromise reflects how business interests and consumer protection can go hand in hand, and I commend animal rights activists and the cosmetic industry alike, as we move forward on this important legislation to protect animals and adopt cruelty-free cosmetics.”
A unanimous vote saw the bill cleared by the Californian State Assembly, and places California alongside the EU, India Switzerland and many other countries who have banned cosmetics animal testing.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani contributed to the success of the bill and commented that she was ‘proud’ of lawmakers for making the decision to end animal tests for cosmetics.
The bill was co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H and vice president of research policy at the PCRM, said: “The use of non-animal testing methods available today will surge, encouraging the development of even more human-relevant testing methods – methods that are applicable to safety testing beyond the area of cosmetics.”
Social Compassion in Legislation also co-sponsored the bill, with founder and president Judie Mancuso commenting: “This historic bill will save thousands of animals every year. It’s truly inspiration to see industry, animal protection, science advocates, and legislators working together to achieve this honourable objective.”