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

Posted: 4 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.

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “ADI is thrilled to see California take the lead and outlaw the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Other US states now need to follow suit and make these outdated, unnecessary tests a thing of the past. With advanced alternatives available, there is no excuse for painful animal experiments to continue.”

Bill sponsor Senator Cathleen Galgiani added: “California has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests. 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.”

Actress and animal advocate Emily Deschanel noted, “I’m so happy that my home state has taken the lead and passed this historic bill! Animal testing on cosmetics is completely unnecessary in this day and age, as many lovely vegan and animal-friendly beauty companies have already proved!”

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:

Representative McSally said: “Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are as a country. There’s no reason to continue this cruel practice when we have cost-effective alternatives that can bring about safe products for consumers.”

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.

Media Contacts:

US: Lesley McCave, ADI Communications Director | (323) 935-2234 or (323) 804-9920 |

UK: Devon Prosser, Press Officer | 020 7630 3344 or 07785 552548 |

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