California State Assembly passed it unanimously, 80 to 0! And the Senate, concurred!
Authored by CA Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, SB 1249 will make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product, or any component of the product, was knowingly tested on animals.
This applies to new ingredients, moving forward; old ingredients will be grandfathered in.
After the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is signed, the new law will go into effect January 1, 2020.
“I’m proud of California lawmakers for moving science, industry, and ethics forward today. Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans, and don’t harm animals.” California Senator, Cathleen Galgiani
As a vegan for over 30 years, I seized the opportunity to head to Sacramento a few weeks ago to voice my support for the bill by speaking before the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee. I know why cosmetics are tested on animals, and it has nothing to do with our safety.
As I always say, if something doesn’t make sense, just follow the money trail!
Bunnies can’t cry, so if you restrain them in boxes and clamp their eyes wide open so they can’t blink, you can jam whatever the heck you want in there, and they can’t do a damn thing about it. As I wrote in my bestseller, The Vegan Way, with no tears to cry out the chemicals, corrosive products will just sit there and burn, sometimes for days, without any pain relief, while folks in white coats take notes.
Can you imagine someone pouring shampoo or foundation into your eyes and not being able to wash it out?
For over seventy years, researchers have been performing this gruesome experiment, known as the Draize test, documenting the ulcers and other injuries that develop to allegedly ensure cosmetic items are “safe” for consumers to use.
There’s also the Lethal Dose Test (LD 50), which involves force feeding cosmetics to animals.
Here’s the crazy thing: we already have over five thousand cosmetic ingredients that have been established as “safe” in the United States, and Europe has a list of over eleven thousand!
Even the FDA doesn’t require animal testing on cosmetics!
All of this needless testing is done simply to line the pockets of those who profit from cruelty to animals: breeders, cage and restraining device manufacturers, universities that seize tax-funded grant money, and everyone else who profits from the horrific abuse.
But alas, the truth is out, and California has proclaimed enough is ENOUGH!
If you want to sell cosmetics in the sunshine state, they can no longer be tested on animals!
Thank you, California! Millions of animals will be saved, and consumers will still have access to bushels of beautiful cosmetics. May other states soon follow!
P.S. If you’re interested in giving CA Governor Jerry Brown a little nudge to sign SB 1249 (it’s sitting on his desk right now!), here’s his contact information.
Jackie Day, vegan for 30+ years and author of the bestseller The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan). “Playful and upbeat… this book marvelously succeeds.” Publishers Weekly