A California senator has introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of animal tested-cosmetics in the state.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249 last week citing “inaction at the federal level.” The bill would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, if any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020.
In 2014, the California State Legislature passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution urging Congress to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and to phase out marketing animal-tested cosmetics. Some argue that drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe for human beings. Others say there is no adequate alternative to testing on a living body and that animal-testing is essential.
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Kristie Sullivan, vice president of research policy for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, one of the cosponsors of SB 1249
Valerie George, chair of the California chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science; she is also vice chair of the Committee on Scientific Affairs for SCC nationally