Both humans and their furry friends have reason to celebrate today, because California just became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of beauty products tested on animals.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani first introduced the bill, called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, to the California State Legislature in February. It was passed in June and was just approved by unanimous vote. The law will officially come into effect on January 1, 2020.
Thanks to the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, all cosmetics and personal hygiene products, like shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, sold in California must be free of animal testing. But that’s not all. Every single ingredient in these products must be cruelty-free as well. If companies don’t abide by these guidelines, they’ll be fined.
Although California is the first state in the U.S. to enact a law of this nature, the European Union already imposed a ban in 2013. So far, Israel, India and Norway have already ended sales of animal-tested products.
Now it’s time for the rest of the fifty-nifty United States to follow suit.