Careful What You Wish For: 80 Companies Stand Behind California’s Proposed Animal-Testing Ban
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
NGO proponents’ apparent intention is to bar companies from testing new cosmetic ingredients on animals, limiting them to existing ingredients or alternative testing methods. However, draft legislation advancing in California could pose big problems for even the most committed cruelty-free brands.
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It’s debatable the extent to which SB 1249, now headed to the governor’s desk, will improve animals’ lot, but cosmetic ingredient innovation is almost certain to suffer. Industry could escalate efforts behind alternative methods development, or there’s another possible solution: federal preemption.
Late-stage, industry-driven amendments to SB 1249 eliminated terms that could have made companies liable for animal testing entirely outside their control. The bill that passed Aug. 31 is still rife with legal risks for companies that claim exemptions, according to Sacramento-area attorney Angela Diesch.
California lawmakers returning Aug. 6 from summer recess will have cosmetics industry reps and animal welfare groups vying for their ears, with the legislative clock ticking on a highly contentious proposal, SB 1249, to prohibit the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested “for any purpose” on animals.