California Becomes First State To Officially Ban Animal-Tested Products

California passed a new law that makes it the first state to officially ban animal-tested products.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced the bill six months ago. Known as the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, the legislation will make it illegal for cosmetic companies to knowingly sell animal-tested cosmetic or hygiene products—even if just one component of the product has been tested on an animal.  

The bill passed unanimously by a state assembly vote of 80-0 on August 31 and will go into effect on January 1, 2020. 

Following the vote, Senator Galgiani made this statement:

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.

Here the news on Twitter:

Twitter users were overjoyed at the news:

Some have been celebrating since June when the bill made it through the first part of the process:

This commenter was happy about the ban, but wondered about the logistics of implementing it: 

But mostly, people were grateful:

Want to do your part to help animals? Ethical Bunny is a great resource for finding cruelty-free products. Check out their brand directory, shopping guides, and other resources.  

H/T: Refinery29, Twitter, Ethical Bunny