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California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Attracts a Crowd

SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, drew a lively crowd to the State Capitol on Tuesday. In addition to support from groups such as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Social Compassion in Legislation, the Humane Society of the United States, and PETA, businesses Lush Cosmetics and Ben & Jerry’s also turned out, giving away free products while encouraging advocates in attendance to send messages to state assemblymembers.

SB 1249 (Galgiani), the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee 11 to 6

SACRAMENTO—In a 11-6 vote, the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee passed Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, at a hearing on Wednesday that drew dozens of passionate supporters to the State Capitol. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, SB 1249 would 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 after January 1, 2020, with limited exceptions.

SB 1249, California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, Passes Judiciary Committee with 9-0 Vote

The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act passed by a vote of 9 to 0 in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. SB 1249 would 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.

An Increase in Animal Testing under TSCA?

Recently, as reported in Science  and other outlets, the Physicians Committee and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) found that in 2017, the first year of implementing the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required or requested roughly 10 times the number of animal tests for new chemicals as it had in previous years. In this post, we provide context on the circumstances leading to this alarming increase, explain how we uncovered it, and update you, our members and supporters, on what we are doing to reduce this inexcusably high number.

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