Nevada and Illinois have now banned the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.
Beginning in January 1st, 2020, beauty products that are tested on animals will no longer be sold in both Illinois and Nevada. In fact, Nevada will not sell cosmetics or beauty products that the manufacturer “knew or reasonably should have known that animal testing was conducted or contracted by, or on behalf of, the manufacturer or any supplier.”
There are a few exceptions to this rule. One exception is if the government performs animal testing for a specific reason.
In addition, not all products that are sold in these three states will be cruelty-free. Why? Products can still be tested somewhere else and manufacturers can also use ingredients in their products that have been tested on animals.
For example, beauty products can be tested in China and sold in Nevada. Also, cosmetics sold in Illinois can contain ingredients that have been tested on animals elsewhere.
However, this is good news overall because it might eventually lead to a federal ban on all animal testing for cosmetic purposes.
Senator Melanie Schieble authored the bill and said, “I am here to present S.B. 197. The intention of this bill is to prohibit the sale of cosmetic products for which testing was performed on animals.
Due to advances in modern science, animal testing has become unnecessary in cosmetic product formulation. Much of the world has already moved forward in prohibiting the practice of animal testing in cosmetic ingredients. This bill would make it illegal in Nevada to sell a product that has been tested on animals.
Our intention is not to hold small business owners responsible for the actions of larger conglomerates. Our intention is to inform larger conglomerates that products using the practice of animal testing are not welcome in Nevada.
The bill provides for necessary exemptions of products using animal testing prior to this legislation. It also provides exemptions for products requiring federal, state or foreign requirements of animal testing.”
Other possible good news is that Hawaii seems to be following close behind and may soon ban animal testing on cosmetics and beauty products.
So, congratulations to Illinois and Nevada for joining California in this important step towards a more compassionate and cruelty-free future!