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California makes history, outlawing the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics

Posted: 26 October 2018. Updated: 26 October 2018


The first US state to ban the use of animals in cosmetics testing, California has made US history once again by outlawing the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics products statewide. Celebrated by ADI, California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) recently passed both the Senate and Assembly then moved to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

On Friday, September 28, Governor Brown signed the legislation, and the act now becomes law, making it unlawful for a manufacturer to import or sell any cosmetic product or any of its ingredients if they were tested on animals on or after January 1, 2020.

Elsewhere in the US, animals still suffer for cosmetics testing. ADI supports The Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790), a federal bill that would prohibit cosmetics testing on animals within a year, and the sale and transport of products so tested after three years. HR2790 is sponsored by US Representative Martha McSally, with 173 bipartisan cosponsors. Public citizens can support the bill here.

More than two-thirds of people in the US are ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about animals suffering in research, according to a 2015 Gallup poll. In a Nielsen poll the same year, most consumers considered ‘not tested on animals’ as the most important packaging claim, with 43% willing to pay more for such products.

At least 140 personal care products companies have endorsed The Humane Cosmetics Act, and hundreds of cruelty-free cosmetics companies now thrive in North America.

Worldwide, nearly 40 countries have ended the use of animals in cosmetics tests including the UK, the first country to introduce a ban in 1998, India, Israel, New Zealand and the EU, which ADI worked for decades to help secure. In May 2018, Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling for a worldwide ban by 2023.

ADI’s studies of the use of animals in research have highlighted a wealth of information showing that the fundamental differences between species, in their reaction to substances, has produced misleading results. Outdated animal tests need to be replaced with advanced, scientific techniques that are more relevant to humans.

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