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This past week has been a historic week for the state of California. The state’s legislature became the first in the United States to pass a bill that would ban the sale of animal-tested products.
California bill SB 1249 specifically focuses on cosmetics, which are defined in the bill as “any article to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner.”
The bill explains that California will no longer import animal-tested cosmetics for sale within the state effective January 1, 2020, which will affect all brands that are currently selling cosmetic products in California and any products that enter the market.
While the bill was unanimously passed by the California State Assembly, it still needs to be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
According to People.com, during a press conference, California Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D) explained, “While a similar measure in Congress, The Humane Cosmetics Act, has not moved, we are doing what we have normally done when Congress does not act, and that is for California to move forward and lead the way.” She continues, “At some point we need to be committed to a truly ‘cruelty-free standard’ for all cosmetics sold in California. And I believe SB 1249 brings the right balance to this important goal.”
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