‘Legislation In Search Of A Problem’? NGO Crusade Goes On For Global Cosmetic Animal-Testing Ban
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.
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Independent Beauty Association president Ken Marenus discusses the trade group’s vision for modern, proportionate cosmetics regulation and forces at work that could undermine progress and endanger small businesses.
Proposed cruelty-free legislation under consideration in Canada’s House of Commons likely will die on the order paper, but animal-welfare advocates are encouraged by strong parliamentary support shown to the bill. In the US, Nevada recently became the second state after California to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and Illinois is next in line.
Reportedly, there would be stipulations for animal-testing waivers, including possession of a Quality Management System certificate, but generally the draft measures should inspire optimism in animal-welfare and industry corners alike.