• Allison McMillian

California may pass new law to prevent animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry

California might be the first state to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals. The bill was introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galigana. It is called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.

The bill would make it illegal 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.” The bill is formally known as SB 1249 and will make violators pay a fine up to $500 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for subsequent violation, according to Fox News.

California made first strides in the cruelty-free movement back in 2000, according to New Beauty.

“Banning animal-tested cosmetics in California will encourage manufacturers to clean up their act and stop selling animal-tested products across the United States,” said Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee. “Passage of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act would be a win for human and animal lives.”

"The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act would save thousands of animals’ lives each year while making cosmetics safer for humans. This policy is tried and true as the European Union implemented a similar law over five years ago and the sky didn’t fall,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation.

Animal cruelty from cosmetic testing has already been banned in the European Union, Israel, and India. Instead of testing how long chemicals must sit in the cornea of a rabbit, scientists can now create cornea-like 3D tissue, according to PETA.

Animal testing is done on small animals like kittens, monkeys, and rabbits, and unfortunately, the testing performed on the animals does cause them pain just as a human would feel. Cosmetic testing is not the only type of testing that is done on animals. There are other types of testing that are far more severe than just this one testing.