Pass California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Target: Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations, California

Goal: End cruel animal testing in the cosmetics industry by ensuring the passage of SB 1249, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act of California.

Animals could be protected from exploitation and brutality in the name of profit and “beauty” in lab testing for cosmetics. However, the federal government has failed to enact legislation banning the marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products, despite the California legislature’s 2014 resolution urging it to do so. Now, California is taking matters into its own hands with a new bill that would forbid manufacturers from selling any cosmetic that so much as contains a component that was knowingly tested on animals.

Sponsors of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, or SB 1249, recently launched a media campaign to forward the bill. A PSA video describes some of the horrors of animal testing: “Every year hundreds of thousands of animals are maimed and killed to test cosmetics or their ingredients. These barbaric experiments usually involve applying chemicals to the shaved skin or directly into the eyes of helpless animals who are unable to move or even blink.”

The bill is a hugely important step because, as Social Compassion in Legislation’s president Judie Mancuso states, “As the state with the largest population and economy in the country, if California bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, in order to comply with our standards, manufacturers will have no choice but to stop testing on animals to sell cosmetics to the entire United States.” Additionally, it would be good for business. Consumers are increasingly vying for cruelty-free cosmetics. Also, alternative methods of testing products have proven more effective and reliable than testing on animals. Sign below to demand the passage of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.


Dear Senator Lara,

California’s landmark Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is a vital piece of animal welfare legislation that will have a lasting and widespread impact, and it must be enacted as soon as possible. Banning manufacturers from selling products in California that have had any element tested on animals will protect innocent creatures from horrific cruelty.

The bill has many benefits. It will be wide-reaching, because California’s influence means that producers nationwide would comply with its standards. It will be good for business because of increasing consumer demand for cruelty-free products. And, as toxicologist and vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. states, “Non-animal methods based on human corneal, skin, immune, and other human cells and tissues are widely available to use in place of animal tests. In fact, non-animal methods for skin allergy perform better and are more accurate than the original animal test.” I urge you to pass this critical legislation as soon as possible.


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  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty”.
    Charles W. Mayo, MD
    “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research.” George Bernard Shaw
    “Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” George Bernard Shaw
    “What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.” Leo Tolstoy

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