California senators have voted 21 to 9 in favour of passing a new piece of legislation which would ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The bill was supported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
The legislation will now move to the state’s assembly, where a final decision will be made by the end of the September.
If the bill passes, it will become illegal to sell cosmetics that have been tested on animals or sell products that include ingredients which have been tested on animals from January 1st, 2020.
“I appreciate that Democratic and Republican senators came together to move this important policy forward,” Galgiani said. “Looking your best shouldn’t have to come at the expense of harming animals with painful eye and skin tests.”
“We are grateful for every vote cast today knowing hundreds of thousands of animals’ lives are on the line every year,” SCIL founder Judie Mancuso said.
“SB 1249 is a crucial step towards making all cosmetics that are sold in California cruelty-free. We are hopeful the members of the Assembly will agree.”