California To Become First State With Animal Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Law

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California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a new bill that unanimously passed in the California State Assembly and when he does, manufacturers will not be allowed to sell products that have been tested on animals.

The bill, SB 1249, was introduced by Senator Cathleen Galgiani who said that the law will bring the humane standards in the production of products in line with the highest in the world, and will stop manufacturers from selling or promoting anything that has been made with animal testing as part of the process.

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Senator Galgiani also said that most manufacturers have figured out not to directly test products on animals, but get around inhumane treatment because there is no restriction on suppliers or third parties who test things on animals for the manufacturers. SB 1249 will prevent the sale of any product that had any animal testing at any point and will make ‘cruelty-free’ be the standard.

The ban will make it illegal for a manufacturer to import for profit or offer to sell in the state any cosmetic product that was developed or manufactured using an animal test (by either supplier or manufacturer) after January 1, 2020. This includes cosmetics, lotions and any other beauty-related product.

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When the Governor signs the law, the ban will make California the first state in the country to have a cruelty-free cosmetics law, and animal advocates are applauding the move.

Those who violate the law will be fined initially with $5,000 and will receive an additional fine of $1,000 each day they continue to break the new law.