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California’s senate has unanimously approved a bill which will make it illegal for any products tested on animals to be sold in the state – with limited exceptions.

The bill was authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and cosponsored by the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion In Legislation.

Originally proposed early this year, it will come into effect January 1, 2020.

Animals saved

Judie Mancuso, Founder of Social Compassion In Legislation said the bill has the potential to spare ‘thousands of animals’ annually – a reality not lost on California lawmakers.

Sen. Galgiani said: “Cruelty-free cosmetics are good for business, safe for humans, and don’t harm animals.”

Global impact

According to Cruelty Free International, California is a national leader in compassionate lawmaking.

The PCRM’s Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., said the state’s most recent move leaves it poised for global impact.

She said: “The use of nonanimal testing methods available today will surge, encouraging the development of even more human-relevant testing methods – methods that are applicable to safety testing beyond the area of cosmetics.”