California Takes Another Step to Stop Cosmetics Testing on Animals

A law passed in 2018 in California went into effect in January 2020. It prohibits the selling of cosmetics in the state that go through animal testing. Manufacturers cannot import for profit, sell, or offer for sale any item that uses such a process.

The new law, which is called the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, also impacts daily-use personal items like moisturizing cream and shampoo.

Although the legislation makes an immediate improvement in animal rights, it doesn’t solve the problem of product testing. Specific exceptions are in the law that still permits its practice. If a widely-used ingredient is irreplaceable or if the work complies with Chinese regulations, then it can still get sold in the state.

China Is the Only Country that Requires Animal Testing

 All imported non-special use cosmetics must go through animal testing processes in China. It’s the only country in the world that still requires this process as a “safety measure” for human health. The law also exempts ingredients where animal testing is the only way to test it.

That means the exceptions to the California law can still bring products that contain ingredients that get tested on animals. Anything that was on store shelves before January 1, 2020, can also get sold in the state.

Any California businesses that get found violating the law can be fined $5,000, plus an additional $1,000 for every day they remain out of compliance.

It may not be the catch-all solution that proponents hoped it would be, but this new California law will save numerous dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats from cruel testing methods.


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