California Just Passed a Bill to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Lawmakers in California have just taken a big step towards creating a world with cruelty-free beauty by passing legislation that bans animal testing for cosmetics.

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249), which was just passed unanimously by the General Assembly with a vote of 80-0, will ban the sale of products that have been tested themselves, or had ingredients tested on animals in the state.

“I’m proud of California lawmakers for moving science, industry, and ethics forward today. Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans, and don’t harm animals,” said Senator Galgiani, who authored the bill.

Nearly 160,000 Care2 members signed a petition in support of the bill. The petition was delivered at the end of August.

The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for a signature, and if he signs it, it will go into effect January 1, 2020, making California will be the first state in the nation to take such a progressive step to end the suffering of animals in labs for nothing more than cosmetics.

“This historic bill will save thousands of animals every year,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation. “It’s truly inspirational to see industry, animal protection, science advocates, and legislators working together to achieve this honorable objective.”

Supporters are optimistic that he’ll sign it, and also hope it will have widespread implications that will push even more areas to end cruel, unnecessary and unreliable tests on animals and instead move to more reliable, cost-effective and ethical alternatives.

“Passing 1249 will alter testing practices across the globe,” said Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which co-sponsored the bill. “The use of nonanimal 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.”

Fortunately for animals who have become victims of this industry, the world is continuing to turn against their use. Already, dozens of nations have passed bans like this, while hundreds of companies have pledged not to test their products and ingredients on animals and have successfully proven we can have beauty without cruelty.

While this change in California would be a big one to celebrate, animal advocates are also still pushing for a change like this to go nationwide by getting the Humane Cosmetics Act passed, which would make it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetics after a one year phase in, which will be followed by a ban on the interstate sale of products and ingredients that were made using animal testing after three years.

Not only would passing this legislation be a historic victory for animals in labs, it would be good for us, and good for businesses who won’t otherwise be able to compete in global marketplace where doors continue to close on products that have been tested on animals.

How to Help

You can show your support for ending this cruel practice throughout the country by signing and sharing the petition urging Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act.

To find cruelty-free personal care products and cosmetics already on the market that have been certified by the Leaping Bunny program, check out Cruelty Free International.

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56 comments

Kay M
Kay M16 hours ago

good start.

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Emily J
Emily J11 days ago

Great news, not before time.

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Elisabeth T
Elisabeth T12 days ago

It's tough being a little animal in this world.

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R14 days ago

You signed on March 10, 2014???
... AND copy & paste Karen N & Alea C

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Catherine Z
Catherine Z15 days ago

what took so long?

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Deirdre G
Deirdre G15 days ago

About time

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Massimiliano Riccardi
Massimiliano R15 days ago

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Nicolas Nasrallah

It baffles me why such a law is not passed all over the world. Why should an innocent creature suffer so that and ugly person can put make up on.

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Marija M
Marija M15 days ago

Thank you California.

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Greta L
Greta L16 days ago

Well done, California

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