California Might Be The First State To Ban Stores From Selling Animal-Tested Products

“California has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests.”

For decades, people have been fighting against animal testing for consumer products, and while markets around the world have made great strides in outlawing the practice, the U.S. still lags behind. With today's beauty culture rapidly shifting into more conscious territory and consumers demanding their products be made cruelty-free, the fight for change is seeming more and more likely to come to past. 

California, the unofficial capital of all things beauty-related, may be the first state to lead that change. In February, Democratic Senator Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, California, introduced the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, in the California State Legislature. The bill, which is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as well as supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush Cosmetics, would prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state. 

If the bill gets passed, it would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any beauty product, including items like deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020. Violation would result in a hefty fine. 

People are definitely excited about this news and hope that this can inspire other state legislatures to follow suit.

"California has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests," said Senator Galgiani in a statement, referring to the state being the first to ban animal-testing (if an alternative method was available) back in 2000. "Inaction at the federal level compels California to lead the way in ensuring a cruelty-free cosmetics market for its citizens by barring any new ingredients or cosmetics that are tested on animals." Again, California is the hub of cosmetic culture, beauty influencers, and the like, so this proposal may be enough to force brands to rethink their practices. 

(H/T: Refinery29)

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