California becomes first in U.S. to ban cosmetic animal testing.
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Friday morning that banned the sales of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The act, officially called The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Act, stops manufacturers from selling or profiting from any cosmetic product that was produced using animal testing.
Huffington Post reports that this law is the first of its kind in the United States.
Animal testing has been a controversial topic for many years. Some argue that the testing is necessary to ensure the safety of consumers in America while others insist the cruelty is inhumane and unneeded.
The U.S. National Research Council released a report expressing the limitations of animal testing and stated several alternative methods that are proven to be safer and more accurate.
The research done as requested by the Environmental Protection Agency also concluded that certain non-animal testing was actually more cost efficient as it took less time and resources.
PETA gives a list of cosmetic companies that are proven to use animal testing. Oftentimes it’s tricky to tell what brands are genuinely cruelty free.
For example L’Oreal does not test on animals in the United States but pays for the testing to be done in China where testing is legal on imported goods.
Some of companies still involved in animal testing are: Avon, Benefit, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Maybelline and more.
Animals subjected to experiments and testing endure being infected with diseases, injected with poisons, burned, given brain damage, blinding and other painful procedures.
The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Act may encourage and motivate the federal government to join in on the movement.
It’s not full-proof, however, as the law has some limitations.
The biggest is that companies can still pay for animal testing to take place in countries where it’s required by law, for example in China.
Although there is still a battle to fight supporters of cruelty-free products say they hope the new law will motivate companies to find use alternative means of testing.
Today we celebrate California’s efforts.