Hawaii becomes the sixth state to end animal cosmetic testing
This week, the Hawaii Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (HCFCA) passed its final vote in state legislature and will make Hawaii the sixth state to ban animal cosmetic testing after it is signed by Governor David Ige. The HCFCA prohibits the sale of new products that have been tested on animals after January 1, 2022. Senator Mike Gabbard (D-HI) first introduced the legislation in 2018. This makes Hawaii one of the first states to consider banning cosmetic animal testing – HCFCA has been introduced every year since then.
“People in Hawaii and across the country care for animals and are increasingly looking for cosmetic products that are cruelty free,” Gabbard said. “In advancing this legislation, we are doing the right thing without sacrificing the necessary product testing necessary to protect human health.”
Animal cosmetic testing banned across the country
In 2018, California became the first state to prohibit the sale and manufacture of animal-tested cosmetics. He passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) – a piece of legislation sponsored by Cruelty Free International (CFI), an organization that fights animals worldwide, testing. Shortly thereafter, Nevada and Illinois passed similar laws that co-ordinated with California on January 1, 2020. That year, Virginia and Maryland passed their own laws banning cosmetic animal testing, both of which will be enacted January 1. 2022. Other states are considering their own bans, including New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Oregon.
“Non-animal methods save a significant number of animals from pain, suffering and death. It is crucial that non-animal testing methods are more relevant to humans than animal testing and thus ensure better protection of human health, ”said Monica Engebretson, Head of Public Affairs North America at CFI. “In addition to these advanced tests, companies have thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients with a secure history of use and existing safety data that can be used without further testing. Hundreds of successful cosmetics companies of all sizes now rely on non-animal testing methods and support globally consistent rules on the subject. “
At the federal level, non-partisan politicians, including vegan Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced the Human Cosmetics Act in 2019 to ban cosmetic animal testing nationwide and to ban the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals from countries around the world. Currently, more than 900 companies – including 600 members of the National Trade Association’s Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) – officially support the Humane Cosmetics Act.
“Our success in ending animal testing in other countries and states shows that positive change is possible and provides impetus for the passage of federal human cosmetics law,” said Engebretson.