Maine becomes 6th state to ban sale of animal tested cosmetics


Maine has just become the 6th US state to ban cosmetic testing on animals.

Governor Janet Mills signed the law banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals (LD 1551) promulgated on June 10, 2021.

The legislation was sponsored by Representative Vicki Doudera (D-Camden) and will ban all manufacturers from selling cosmetics developed or manufactured using animal testing as of November 1 of this year.

The statewide measure will take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature. Maine joins Hawaii, California, Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia in implementing legislation banning the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics, but New Jersey, Maryland, New State York, Rhode Island and Oregon are also considering restrictions.

“Maine has now joined the growing number of states that have taken action to end the unnecessary suffering animals endure in testing cosmetics,” Katie Hansberry, State of Maine Director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a declaration.

Is animal testing prohibited?

While more than 40 countries currently have restrictions in place to limit cosmetic testing on animals, including China, the United States currently has no national bans. But global public opinion is changing rapidly, and even cosmetic brands with particularly controversial histories of animal testing are explicitly distancing themselves from the practice.

According to the Humane Society, several of the companies currently selling cosmetics in Maine have also signed on in favor of the new legislation. These include Lush, SaltyGirl Beauty, True North Beauty, and One Earth Natural Food Store.

Animal welfare and nonprofit advocacy Cruelty Free International (CFI) reports that at least 79 percent of Americans would support a federal ban on cosmetic testing on animals, regardless of age, beliefs and political views.

Non-animal testing vs animal testing

Animal testing is generally less efficient than modern non-animal testing such as advanced computer modeling and studies involving human volunteers, which are both more accurate and cost effective. There are also a large number of well-established cosmetic ingredients with a history of safe use, which do not require additional testing.

“Not only is the practice of testing cosmetics on animals inhumane, it is unnecessary” said Doudera in a declaration published by Maine.gov. “Cosmetics companies have the flexibility to use existing ingredients with a history of safe use and can choose from a wide variety of new, non-animal testing methods.”

“These new methods not only save animal lives, but they also represent the best of science and can provide more relevant data for human exposure, ensuring the safety of cosmetics. Maine should be proud to be the sixth state to pass a law banning this inhuman treatment ”, she added.

Are you looking for products that you know are completely free from animal testing? Check out the LIVEKINDLY guide to cruelty-free lip products here, chosen by a dermatologist.

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