SB 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, is two steps closer to reachin Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and your help is urgently needed to make sure it gets there.
The Bill will be voted on in the next two weeks so it is urgent you call your assembly member TODAY to tell them to vote YES on SB 1249!
The bill passed by through the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee last week by a vote of 11-6.
Authored by Senator Gagliani and co-sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, SB 1249 would make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with limited exceptions.
Following the vote, Gagliani stated, “With the key support we received in committee today, California is one step closer to having a truly cruelty free cosmetics marketplace. You shouldn’t have to hurt animals in order to look your best. I’m proud that we are leading the way with SB 1249.”
“We are elated with the amount of ‘aye’ votes SB 1249 is gathering from the State Assembly. The members recognize the value of the bill being good for animals and humans alike. The more they learn about the issue, the more supportive they are to see this historic bill become law,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion In Legislation.
“It’s fantastic to hear more and more legislators voice their solid support for SB 1249,” said Christie Sullivan, M. P. H., vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee. “Changing the status quo isn’t always easy but in this case it is, without a doubt, necessary, as a measure to protect human health, protect animals, and to encourage science in business to step into the future together.”
Currently, there are more than 3000 successful cosmetics companies committed to cruelty-free practices. These businesses use modern tools such as in vitro and in silico technologies, as well as using ingredients that are already on the market and proven safe, to ensure product safety. Compared with animal use, human relevant test methods can provide more reliable information on how humans will react to ingredients.