Woo Hoo! Animal lovers rejoice! California has officially banned beauty products that have been tested on animals!
A topic that's been steeped in controversy and ethical issue for years, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act represents the first substantial step the country has taken toward a 100% animal-free testing policy. A policy, mind you, that was similarly instated by the European Union more than five years ago, alongside 40 other countries worldwide who have already put a complete ban on product-related animal testing.
And while the FDA's vantage point has remained stubborn on the topic (thus far advising cosmetic manufacturers "to employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective for substantiating the safety of their products"), California's newest move represents a large-scale step in the country's approach to cruelty-free beauty. Officially, the bill is co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush, stipulating that it will be illegal to "sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020." And considering California's significance pertaining to the beauty market, (it's a mecca for shopping, brands, red carpets, photo shoots, the like) the act will pretty much force any non-cruelty-free brands to change their tune, which would mark a notable benefit for shoppers countrywide.
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Article sourced from @byrdiebeauty