Maine just became the sixth state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics


Maine Governor Janet Mills recently enacted Law LD 1551, legislation that bans the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, making Maine the sixth state in the United States to adopt such a ban. Sponsored by Representative Vicki Doudera (D-Camden), the new legislation prohibits a manufacturer from selling or offering a product that has been developed or manufactured using animal testing as of November 1, 2021. The violation of the new law is punishable by a fine of up to $ 5,000 for the first day of the offense for selling or offering for sale this cosmetic and an additional fine of $ 1,000 for each day during which the infringement continues.

“Not only is the practice of testing cosmetics on animals inhumane, it is unnecessary,” said Doudera. “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 also represent the best of science and can provide more relevant data for human exposure, thus ensuring the safety of cosmetics. Maine should be proud to be the sixth state to pass a law banning this inhuman treatment.

US states drop animal testing

Animals are suffering needlessly in laboratories across the country – and the world – in archaic cosmetic tests that leave them blind, deaf and mutilated. Fortunately, Maine’s new law will come into effect just ahead of several other state laws that also end the exploitation of animals for cosmetic purposes.

In 2018, California was the first state to pass its Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) which prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with Illinois and Nevada following shortly thereafter with similar legislation. This year, in addition to Maine, Virginia and Maryland passed legislation to end cosmetic testing on animals, which is expected to come into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Hawaii Governor David Ige is also expected to enact the Hawaii Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act. – which passed the final vote in the state legislature in April.

Animal rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have fought tirelessly to push for legislation banning cruel animal experiments in the name of beauty – and state governments finally listen. “Maine has now joined the growing number of states that have taken action to end the unnecessary suffering that animals endure to test cosmetics,” said Katie Hansberry, state director of Maine for the HSUS. “With many new methods of testing products, there is just no need to harm animals for lipstick or blush. Thank you, Representative Doudera for sponsoring this bill and Governor Mills for signing this important bipartite legislation.

At the federal level, the Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced in 2019 by bipartisan politicians, including vegan Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), to ban cosmetic testing on animals nationwide, as well as to ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals from countries all over the world. Currently, over 900 companies officially approve the Humane Cosmetics Act. The hope is that the momentum of new state-level cosmetic testing bans will propel federal legislation forward. VegNews.Cosmetics

Cruelty-free cosmetics

As states continue to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, many beauty brands are seeking cruelty-free certification to ensure consumers are not testing on animals. In recent years, Procter & Gamble has worked with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to certify its Secret deodorant brand and Herbal Essences hair care brand to be cruelty-free through the group’s Global Beauty Without Bunnies program. defense of animals. Earlier this year, Unilever obtained PETA’s cruelty-free certification for its hair care brand TRESemmé, the 24th brand in Unilever’s portfolio to pledge to end animal testing. In January 2022, TRESemmé will display the PETA cruelty-free logo on its products, meaning that they have not been tested on animals anywhere in the world, including in China where animal testing is still mandatory for some products. .

In March, Garnier, which includes a portfolio of brands such as Nurtrisse, Fructis, Olia, Color Sensation, SkinActive and Whole Blends, became one of the largest global brands to achieve Leaping Bunny certification from Cruelty Free International. However, Garnier’s parent company, L’Oréal, continues to perform animal testing when required by law.VegNews.heBodyShop

British beauty retailer The Body Shop, with a strong presence in the United States, is taking the cruelty-free ethic one step further by reformulating its entire portfolio to be fully vegan by 2023. Since then over 20 years, the cruelty-free company has worked with Cruelty Free International to advocate for an end to animal testing and has decided to take its commitment to animal welfare a step further by removing the ingredients from animal origin remaining from its formulations.

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