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California: State Ban Proposed on Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals by Manufacturers

California: State Ban Proposed on Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals by Manufacturers

Name: Ban on the Import and Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals by Manufacturers 

Bill Number: SB 1249

California already has a statewide ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetics; however, the sale of animal-tested cosmetics that were manufactured outside of the state is not prohibited. This bill would make the existing ban more meaningful by making it unlawful for any manufacturer to import for profit, sell at retail or offer for sale or for promotional purposes any cosmetics tested on animals. This applies to products tested on animals outside of the state after the 2020 effective date of this provision. The definition of “cosmetic” includes any article rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed onto the human body, including personal hygiene products, as long as they are not required to be tested on animals by the federal Food and Drug Administration or the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

While retail outlets would still be able to sell animal-tested products produced outside the state, this would prevent a manufacturer in the state from rebranding a product that was tested elsewhere and selling it under their own name in California. This bill would also impose significant fines for violation of the state manufacturing ban.

A hearing was scheduled for April 24, 2018. Demand that the Senate Judiciary Committee move forward with this legislation.

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Support a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals by manufacturers in California

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of SB 1249, which would end the sale and distribution of animal-tested cosmetics and personal hygiene products by manufacturers in the state of California. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands already sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.

California is already leading the way with its ban on the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing. The proposed sales ban is a logical extension of this existing law, which will impact only those manufacturers that are importing animal-tested ingredients or products into the state and rebranding them with their own labels, thus circumventing existing law to end the use of animals for safety-testing products.

Please give your support to SB 1249 and let California continue to lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics. Call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to move this legislation forward.

Thank you.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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