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On May 31, 2018, the California Senate approved the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249) in a 21–9 vote. The legislation, spearheaded by Senator Cathleen Galgiani proposes to ban any cosmetics that are tested on animals.

If passed, SB1249 will make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic; including makeup, hair and skin care and personal hygiene products, if the final product or any of its component was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with a few limited exceptions.

A violation would result in a fine of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation.

California is one step closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics as SB1249 now moves to the Assembly.