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

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

Name: Ban on the Sale of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Tested on Animals

Bill Number: SB 1642

Virginia currently has a ban on the use of animals for testing the safety of cosmetics when there is an appropriate validated alternative test method. To strengthen this prohibition with respect to cosmetics products, the Virginia Assembly is now considering bill SB 1642 to ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics. 

This bill would prohibit a cosmetics manufacturer from selling a cosmetic for which such manufacturer or a cosmetics supplier conducted or contracted for a cosmetics animal test on or after January 1, 2020. Cosmetics manufactured outside of the country where animal testing is required by that country’s law would be exempt.


Learn more about Testing Cosmetics on Animals.


Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your state Assemblyperson and ask them to support this important legislation.
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Support a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to urge the Assembly to conduct hearings on SB 1642, which would end the sale, in the state of Virginia, of cosmetics that are tested on animals. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands already sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.

Virginia 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 few companies that still rely on outmoded animal tests to determine the safety of their products. Products produced in countries where animals are still required to be used for safety testing are exempted from the sale ban.

Many individual countries have adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety. Other leading examples include the European Union, who has adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety, and California who, in 2018, became the first state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in their state.

Please support passage of bill SB 1642 and let Virginia continue to lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics.

Thank you for your consideration.

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