Once upon a time, animal testing was portrayed as a necessary evil by the cosmetics industry. Consumers were led to believe that in order to ensure that a beauty product was safe for human use, it needed to first be tested on animals. This ridiculous notion has since been debunked as scientists have developed several ways of assessing the safety and effectiveness of a product without harming innocent creatures, such as using engineered human skin cells.
As these cruelty-free methods of testing cosmetics have taken hold around the globe, almost 40 countries have moved to ban animal testing. Yet for some reason, the United States still has not done so.
But there is hope: Recently, California Senator Cathleen Galgiani proposed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249), a bill which aims to make the sale of animal-tested cosmetics illegal in the state. If enacted into law, this bill would render it “unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020.”
According to a recent press release from the Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the bill’s sponsors, SB 1249 passed by a vote of 21 to 9 in the California Senate. This exciting victory is a major step in making California the first U.S. state to completely ban the process of subjecting animals to cruel and inhumane treatment in the name of cosmetics testing.
As Senator Galgiani reportedly said after the results of the vote came in, “I appreciate that Democratic and Republican senators came together to move this important policy forward. Looking your best shouldn’t have to come at the expense of harming animals with painful eye and skin tests.”
SCIL Founder and President Judie Mancuso also reportedly thanked the senators who voted in favor of the bill, stating, “We are grateful for every vote cast today knowing hundreds of thousands of animals’ lives are on the line every year. SB 1249 is a crucial step towards making all cosmetics that are sold in California cruelty-free. We are hopeful the members of the Assembly will agree.”
We certainly concur with both of these statements, and we’re so glad that California lawmakers are speaking up for animals even though our Federal government has failed to do so. If you’d like to see SB 1249 become a law in California, please sign this petition on Care2 to tell lawmakers that it’s time to do away with animal testing. Together, we can increase the chances that California will get the ball rolling with this animal-saving legislation and set the stage for the rest of our country to follow suit!
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