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California: Urge Passage of a State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

California: Urge Passage of a State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics 

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

Bill Number: SB 1249

California was one of the first states to ban the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Now, with consideration of Senate Bill 1249, it is poised to become the first state to make 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.

If this bill passes, manufacturers in the state would no longer be able to import a product tested outside the state, then rebrand it and sell it under their own name in California. However, the state bill unfortunately does not go so far as to fully ban the sale of finished products tested on animals outside the state, and retail outlets would still be able to sell those products under their original labels.

This bill would, however, impose significant fines for violation of the state’s manufacturing ban.

This bill was approved by the Senate and is scheduled for a vote in the Assembly (with minor amendments). Once it is approved by the Assembly, it must return for the Senate for approval of those changes before being sent to the Governor’s office.

Learn more about Testing Cosmetics on Animals.

Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your state Senator, Assemblyperson and the Governor to urge them to support 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 currently 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. The Senate has already given their approval to this measure and it is awaiting approval by the Assembly. The people of California support this measure and I hope you do as well.

Thank you.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]