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California Just Became the First State to Ban Beauty Products Tested on Animals

Now Californians will no longer have to decipher a slew of tiny symbols to make sure their beauty routine hasn't come at animals' expense.

RACHEL NUSSBAUM: ‘California just gave beauty brands across the industry a big reason to stop animal testing. The state legislature passed a bill to make the sale of animal-tested cosmetics illegal within the state after 2020. The practice has long been a hot-button issue, but recently more brands like The Body Shop, Too Faced, and Lush Cosmetics have been vocal about taking a stand against it. Now, with the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, it marks the first time a state has taken action to move the needle on such a large scale, and state representatives are hoping it sends a message…

Cosponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush, the bill will make it illegal 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,” according to the legislation.

What does that mean for shoppers? On the ground in California, it’s going to simplify transparency. Now Californians will no longer have to decipher a slew of tiny symbols to make sure their beauty routine hasn’t come at animals’ expense. The included umbrella covers products like deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner, so whether or not Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde left you with strong feelings on animal testing, ethical buying is no longer a personal choice’. SOURCE…

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