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California bans cosmetics tested on animals

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There will soon be no animal-tested cosmetics on the California market. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act was passed unanimously (80-0) by the California State Assembly on August 31, six months after its introduction by Senator Cathleen Galgiani.

“I’m proud of the California legislators who are making science, industry and ethics evolve today.In a press release, she welcomed the legislation. « Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for the economy, safe for humans, and do not harm animals.”.

This measure prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals and will take effect from 1 January 2020.if governor Jerry Brown deigns to sign it. No company will be able to market any beauty product but also hygiene products (deodorant, shampoo…) if one of the components has been experimented on an animal. Failure to comply with this duty will result in a fine of 500 dollars (431 euros) for a first offence and 1 000 dollars (863 euros) for any other.

“This law will save the lives of thousands of animals every year while providing healthier cosmetics for humans.”said Judie Mancuso, president and founder of Social Compassion in Legislation, in a February press release.

Cruelty free” means that the product does not contain any ingredients tested on animals. More and more major brands, such as Lush, The Body Shop, and Too Faced, are playing the “cruelty-free” card, which is highly prized by consumers.

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California thus becomes the first state in the country to take such an important step towards the recognition of animal rights and welfare. Experiments in laboratories can indeed prove to be very cruel for them: some are exposed to chemicals, which they receive in their eyes or inhale, others are locked up, etc.

Many other countries have implemented this measure. The European Union, for example, stopped importing and selling cosmetic products tested on animals in 2013.

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