PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A new Virginia law coming in 2022 prohibits cosmetic testing on animals. So, will your makeup bag need a makeover in the New Year?
The short answer is no. Animal rights activists say the new legislation is a big step, however, the everyday consumer won’t see too many changes because of it. Instead, the manufacturers will do it.
âSociety has gotten to a point where we all agree that animals shouldn’t be used for testing, especially not for testing something like cosmetics,â said Monica Engebretson, of Cruelty Free International. . The London-based group helped push through the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Bill.
Engebretson describes it as a forward-looking bill.
âNo product is taken off the shelves that has been tested in the past, this is moving forward,â she said.
This means that if an older product has been tested on animals, it can still be sold in the store. However, if there is a new product that companies are trying to bring to market, it can no longer be tested on animals and sold in Virginia.
âIn the future, safety testing will have to use modern alternatives that do not use animals,â Engebretson added.
She says the responsibility for making the changes lies with the manufacturers, who actually agree with the legislation.
In fact, the Personal Care Products Council, which represents about 90% of the US beauty industry, is working with the Humane Society of the United States to pass this legislation at the federal level. In a statement, the group said:
Our unprecedented support unites the cosmetics and personal care industry and the animal rights community. We remain firm in our common goal of eliminating new cosmetic testing on animals and promoting the recognition and acceptance of non-animal approaches to cosmetic safety assessments.
We applaud these members of Congress for leading a significant bipartisan effort to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act. Consensus among a diverse group of stakeholders demonstrates broad support for legislation that ensures a uniform standard for animal welfare and the development of safe and innovative cosmetics and personal care products.
We look forward to working with this bipartisan group of Congress leaders and other key stakeholders to help enact the Humane Cosmetics Act at this Congress to eliminate animal testing for cosmetics, while ensuring safety. products consumers trust and rely on every day.
Personal Care Products Council
Engebretson says the movement on this issue, both at the state and federal levels, is encouraging.
“The more states that pass this legislation and Virginia being one of the first have really helped move the federal legislation forward that we hope, because what we really need is a harmonized law across the states. -United, âEngebretson said.
Engebretson says there will be a six-month grace period for manufacturers. Virginia will be one of eight states to have this law.
You can read more about the bill in the US Senate by clicking here.
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