Today the global fight to end animal testing across the beauty industry (and beyond) continues. Europe led the movement in 2013 with the first complete ban covering both products and ingredients. We are pleased to share recent good news as California became the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of products that have been tested on animals. The law was passed in September 2019 and recently came into effect as of 01 January 2020. California has been joined by two other states; Nevada and Illinois, whose laws also came into effect at the start of the year.
In a statement Monica Engebretson, Head of Public Affairs North America, Cruelty Free International said: “History has shown that state activity often leads to changes at the federal level. These state efforts have served as a catalyst to bring stakeholders to the table and helped inform a way forward for the national approach that is now reflected in the new Humane Cosmetics Act. We have seen that progress is possible when companies, consumers, advocates, scientists and lawmakers work together to find creative solutions to reach a common goal.”
These US states join an ever growing list of countries that have joined in prohibiting cosmetic animal testing. As of 2019 at least 40 countries around the world have passed laws.
For further detail on the latest status across the EU and globally the following article is a useful summary: https://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Article/2019/03/05/Global-ban-on-animal-testing-where-are-we-in-2019