On Friday, Sept 28 California became the first state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics—and we are HERE for it!
According to The Hill, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill banning manufacturers from trying to “import for profit, sell, or offer for sale” any cosmetic product tested on animals.
Companies that violates the bill could be subjected to a fine of $5,000 with an additional $1,000 per day should the violation continue.
Unfortunately, the law does not go into effect until Jan 1, 2020 and until then any products that undergo animal testing before that date can still be sold in the state.
As HuffPost points out, the bill does have its loopholes.
For example, companies can still pay for animal testing on products where it is required by law (ex: China) and exceptions to the ban will be made should a U.S. agency mandate animal testing on said products.
Despite some of its flaws, this ban is definitely a step in the right direction.
“We’re hopeful this law will encourage the federal government to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act,” Vicki Katrinak, program manager for animal research issues at the Humane Society tells HuffPost.
“It gives greater impetus for [the cosmetics] industry to push for changes in other countries,” she adds. “We’re hoping that California will just be the start of resolving this issue.”
What do you think of this new law? Do you think other states will soon follow through with their own ban? Sound off in the comments below!