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Virginia Becomes 4th State to Ban Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill this month banning cosmetics testing on animals, including a statewide ban on the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals.

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House Bill 2250, sponsored by Delegate Kaye Kory, and Senate Bill 1379 sponsored by Senator Jennifer Boysko, prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals and the selling of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

The Humane Cosmetics Act prevents a cosmetics manufacturer from conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing in Virginia starting January 1, 2022. The statewide ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals begins on July 1, 2022.

With the Governor’s signature, Virginia became the fourth state to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals along with California, Nevada and Illinois who all passed similar bans previously. Six more states—New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New York and Oregon—are considering similar laws.

To check whether your own cosmetics products are tested on animals, click here.

The Humane Society of the United States said the new bill “illustrates a growing momentum in efforts to end unnecessary testing on animals in the United States and around the world for products like shampoos, mascara and lipstick.”

Would you support a similar ban in your own state?

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