CFI Sets Sights On US, Global Bans To ‘Close The Door’ On Cosmetic Animal Testing
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
California’s passage of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act could trigger a state-level domino effect leading to a federal ban, according to Cruelty Free International’s North America Campaign Manager Monica Engebretson. Meanwhile, the NGO will continue to push for a global ban through the United Nations.
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The proposed bill in the US Senate could be seen as slightly friendlier to the cosmetics industry when it comes to continued use of animal testing data in limited, exempted contexts, compared with similar state laws enacted of late. But the federal bill includes stiffer penalties, addresses “cruelty free” labeling, and seeks to spur FDA acceptance of alternative test methods, a key objective for stakeholders overall.
NGOs continue to push for a worldwide ban on cosmetics developed at animals’ expense. With cruelty-free cosmetics laws already in place in Europe, California and other major markets around the globe, animal-welfare advocates still see strategic value in driving bans in, say, Nevada.
Regulatory changes under consideration could bring Chinese cosmetics requirements more in line with global standards, but others could complicate matters for companies that have avoided animal testing via cross-border e-commerce. While much remains hazy, it's clear that industry would benefit from China's increased openness to alternative tests to substantiate cosmetic safety.