Washington Set to Ban Animal-Tested Cosmetics!

The Rise for Animals Team, March 1, 2024

Thanks to new legislation, countless animals will be spared from research and testing in the state of Washington. 

Heading imminently to the governor’s desk is a law that will prohibit the sale and manufacture of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. H.B. 1097, An Act Relating to the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals, passed the Washington State Senate on February 29, 2024, with a resounding vote of 48 to 1. 

Once signed and enacted, this bill will make Washington the twelfth state to ban animal-tested cosmetics so far, joining the likes of California, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Virginia. 

Despite no legal requirement for animal testing — and despite the existence of both ethically and scientifically superior human-relevant test methods — many cosmetics companies continue to test their products or ingredients on animals. 

State bans on animal testing for cosmetics are certainly admirable, but a nationwide ban would save even more animal lives. That’s why we support The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2023 (H.R. 5399), a federal bill aiming to “substantially restrict the use of animal testing for cosmetics”, which was introduced into Congress last year. This bipartisan bill, if signed into law, will make it “unlawful to knowingly conduct or contract for cosmetic animal testing that occurs in the United States.” Additionally, this law would prohibit the sale or transport of cosmetics that have newly been tested on animals. 

Take action for animals. Show your support for cruelty-free cosmetics by urging your Representative to support The Humane Cosmetics Act now. 

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