Animal welfare charity Cruelty Free International has welcomed the news that Illinois has become the third U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
The new law was signed this week by Governor J.B. Pritzker and bans the ‘import or sale of any cosmetic if the final product or any ingredient was tested on animals after January 1st, 2020.’
Despite more than 30 countries prohibiting the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, the U.S. has failed to implement a nationwide ban. California became the first state to introduce one last year, followed by Nevada in June this year.
Monica Engebretson, North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International said, “Tragically, despite the availability of approved non-animal tests and existing ingredients that are safe for human use, we estimate that over half a million animals are still used annually in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics testing worldwide. By ending the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics, Illinois is matching global progress and has become a national leader on this issue.”
The charity states that it hopes the continued adoption of the ban will highlight that there are over a dozen alternative FDA-approved testing methods such as human cells and tissues.