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California Just Passed A Bill To Ban Cosmetic Testing On Animals

By Marissa Higgins

Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or eat animal products on a regular basis, many people agree that testing on animals for cosmetics is ultimately unnecessary. That's why it's so important that California has taken a stand against beauty brands who test their products on animals. 

The California State Assembly just passed bill SB 1249. This bill, which received a unanimous vote, moves to make it illegal to sell products that have been tested on animals. This includes products with ingredients which have been tested on animals. If Governor Jerry Brown signs it into law, the bill will go into affect on January 1st, 2020. 

What exactly counts as cosmetic? The legislation is pretty detailed and specific in their explanation. Their wording is as follows: “‘Cosmetic’ means any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner.”