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New Law That Prohibits Animal-Tested Makeup Products Goes Into Effect

An End To Animal Testing?
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The animals keep winning. From the animal cruelty act getting signed into law last year, New York banning the sale of “force-fed poultry products” to prohibiting the use of exotic animals in circus acts, 2019 was filled with animal success stories.

And now, as 2020 officially starts, so will another victory for our furry, scaly and feathered friends since the groundbreaking law of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (passed back in 2018) will effectively start this Wednesday. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton) and co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the new law has been already receiving applause from conscientious consumers around the world, all while making important wins and gains for animal protection and welfare.

"This law will ensure safer cosmetics as well as other chemicals and products, as it requires manufacturers to certify safety of their ingredients using modern, nonanimal testing methods. We are very proud that our efforts have spurred progress that affects not just California, but the global cosmetics market, and establishes a new standard of animal-free safety testing," Kristie Sullivan, MPH, vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee, said.

Per Sullivan, the new law bans the use of makeup or cosmetic products that have been tested on animals, or even containing ingredients that also have been tested on animals. However, there are narrow exemptions in the legislation, such as animal tests that are required by a regulatory authority in a different country or conducted on ingredients that are not used for cosmetics.

Now being hailed as some sort of champion when it comes to new laws, similar legislations have since been passed in different states and cities, such as Illinois and Nevada. Previously, most cosmetic brands test on animals, which mean that the test subject would often suffer from continuous trial and error tests.

“SB 1249 brings California's humane standards in line with the world's highest. And it says clearly that you shouldn't have to hurt an animal in order to look your best,” Senator Cathleen Galgiani added.

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