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Virginia: Urge State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Virginia: Urge State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics 

Name: Ban on the Sale of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Tested on Animals

Bill Number: HB 1289

Virginia currently has a ban on the use of animals for testing the safety of cosmetics when there is an appropriate validated alternative test method. To strengthen this prohibition with respect to cosmetics products, HB 1289 has been reintroduced in 2020 to ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics. 

This bill would prohibit a cosmetics manufacturer from selling, after July 1, 2023, a cosmetic for which such manufacturer or a cosmetics supplier conducted or contracted for a cosmetics animal test on or after July 1, 2021. Cosmetics manufactured outside of the country where animal testing is required by that country’s law would be exempt.


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Support a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to urge the Assembly to conduct hearings on HB 1289, which would end the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands already sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.

Virginia is already leading the way with its ban on the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing. The proposed sales ban is a logical extension of this existing law, which will impact only those few companies that still rely on outmoded animal tests to determine the safety of their products. Products produced in countries where animals are still required to be used for safety testing are exempted from the sale ban.

Since California passed the first state ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in 2018, Illinois and Nevada have followed suit and other states are already considering legislation this year. Many individual countries have adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety. Other leading examples include the European Union, who has adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety,

Please support passage of bill HB 1289 and let Virginia continue to lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics.

Thank you for your consideration.

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