Back in 2018, California was the first state to prohibit the sale of animal-related cosmetics, followed by Nevada and Illinois in 2019.
Ralph Northam, the 73rd and current governor of Virginia has signed new bills into immediate effect. New and existing cosmetic brands will be henceforth banned from testing on animals, and the sale of animal-tested products is also disallowed in this state. Virginia now joins three other U.S. states that have already enacted similar laws on their books. Back in 2018, California was the first state to prohibit the sale of animal-related cosmetics, followed by Nevada and Illinois in 2019, PEOPLE reported.
Long overdue but good news none the less.— EllyDavis 🇬🇧 3.5% 💙 (@EllyDavis) February 25, 2021
Aside from Virginia, there are six other states, namely New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon, now also considering similar bills to put an end to cosmetics animal testing. The New Jersey state Senate recently passed a bill that won in overwhelming favor of 35-0 and awaits a final decision from the state Assembly. Meanwhile, in Maryland, the odds were even better with the Senate voting 47-0 on a bill, which will soon be declared by the House of Delegates. In the distant island of Hawaii, bills have already been passed in the Senate and House of Representatives and are now under review at the crossover chambers.
No excuse for testing cosmetics or cleaning products on animals at all!— NOVAK FAN ENGLAND 🐊💙 (@GforceGill) February 25, 2021
It's a fantastic bit of news that further highlights the growing movement and effort to end the unnecessary testing on animals in the United States. This has been happening all over the country for products like shampoos, mascara, and lipstick to name a few. Consumers are very passionate about scanning labels and demanding products that are free of any and all sort of animal testing. Meanwhile, cosmetic companies are changing their practices to do the same. However, these laws are a solidifying verdict that these changes become permanent policy in the shortest time.
We could end this completely if people would just google what cosmetic companies still use animal testing and which ones don’t. You would be surprised to know the BEST companies do NOT— Big Cats (@big_catsf) March 30, 2021
Several cosmetic brands all across the U.S. have joined forces with state officials to support these bills in their respective states, CNN reported. The Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association and represents around 600 personal care-product companies. They have also partnered up with various organizations during the last Congress to lead the federal Humane Cosmetics Act. This is a bill that directly addresses cosmetics animal testing and imports. It is highly anticipated that the bill will shortly be reintroduced in the current Congress.
I wish all the states would follow suite. Do this right away, and not wait.— Lauren Diane Spector (@laurendianespec) March 20, 2021
Around the world, the actions made by Humane Society International, and its partners have resulted in 40 countries, including Australia, Iceland, India, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey to name a few, passing laws that prohibit or at the very least, limit cosmetics testing on animals. It's quite a painful sight that thousands of animals endure each year due to the harsh testing methods. Some of the more explicit means are to have chemicals dripped into the eyes of animals, or rubbed onto their skin. Most of them are usually killed after the testing process, which makes it even more of an inhuman act. Meanwhile, there are still countries, like China, where animal testing remains mandatory for nearly all care products, cosmetics, or otherwise.