THE WHAT? Virginia has signed the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act into law, which will prohibit the sale of newly animal-tested products, according to a report by NBC 12.
THE DETAILS Governor Ralph Nortram signed in the act, which was introduced by Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory, and will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals after 1 January, 2022.
The new law is said to bolster the fight against animal testing, prohibiting manufacturers from selling cosmetics that had new tests, regardless if the tests were done outside of the state.
THE WHY? The introduction of the act makes Virginia the latest U.S. state to up its fight against animal testing, with California, Nevada and Illinois having already stopped selling newly animal-tested cosmetics.
Monica Engebretson, Head of Public Relations for Cruelty Free International North America said, “This is a significant step not just for Virginia but for the entire U.S. as history has shown that state activity leads to changes at the federal level. This new law will help push the U.S. to finally pass the federal Humane Cosmetics Act.”