Social Compassion In Legislation Featured During Campaign To End Animal Testing For Cosmetics In California

Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a California-based animal protection advocacy organization, is a featured partner of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics during its North America-wide campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

As a recipient of Lush’s Charity Pot program in 2018, lids of the Hand and Body Lotion feature SCIL throughout North America beginning September 10th through the end of the month.

This year, SCIL co-sponsored SB 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which was authored by state Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and recently passed the legislature with bipartisan support. Once enacted, the law will ban the sale of cosmetics sold in California which were tested on animals by the manufacturer or any of its suppliers after 2020. The bill is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.

“We knew that making California the first cruelty-free state in the country was not going to be easy,” said Judie Mancuso. “Opponents fought to maintain the status quo. But our coalition didn’t back down and we were able to get the strongest cosmetic animal-testing bill anywhere in the United States through the legislature and get the opposition on our side in the end.”

During the nine-month fight for SB 1249, several animal welfare groups worked alongside Social Compassion in Legislation, including co-sponsors of the bill, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, but Mancuso said the bill would not have passed without the corporate leadership of Lush Cosmetics.

“Lush was there to show legislators that companies can thrive while being cruelty-free up and down their supply-chain,” stated Mancuso.

Throughout the bill’s legislative journey, Lush spoke on behalf of SB 1249 in front of several legislative policy committees and lent its voice at press conferences.

“At Lush, we wrote our company non-animal testing policy to exclude suppliers not just testing on animals for cosmetics purposes, but testing for any purpose,” said Hilary Pickles, Lush’s Charitable Giving Ambassador and Communication Developer. “We were happy to stand before state policy makers and ask that California pass SB 1249.”

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