Finally! Louisiana becomes the 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. This is a huge win for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and all other animals used for testing.

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Eight other states, California, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Hawaii, and New Jersey, have already banned the sale of these cruel cosmetics. Consumers are increasingly more aware of how cruel animal testing is and how unnecessary the outdated practice is. There is no reason that products like shampoo, aftershave, or makeup need to be tested on animals.

This is a huge win for the state of Louisiana, but we need to continue to make this a law in every other state. Banning animal testing for cosmetics at a federal level would be a huge influencer in states finally working towards an official ban that would save animals.

Animals in laboratories experience horrific suffering and death. On top of that, the animals come from breeding facilities where they often aren’t given proper veterinary care, food, or water and live in terrible and cramped conditions. The passage of this bill will be a huge step forward for non-human animals and society as a whole.

Numerous companies are standing up against animal testing, and recently the USDA decided to eliminate some mammalian testing by 2025. The majority of animal testing is used in medicine and for other human products and treatments. According to PETA, the National Institutes of Health wastes $12 billion annually on animal testing that leads nowhere, these experiments on animals fail 90% of the time! The research used on animals rarely correlates when it is tested on humans, making it a waste of money and unnecessary. Monkeys, mice, rats, and dogs are all used in animal experiments around the nation. It’s time countries ban animal experimentation altogether as it hurts humans as well.

Read more about animal testing in One Green Planet, including why it makes no sense. Celebrities like James Cromwell and Paul McCartney have spoken out against animal testing.

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