A New Law makes USA’s Illinois the 3rd state to ban animal cruelty cosmetics. Illinois has banned the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Last year, California became the first American state to enact “humane cosmetics” legislation and subsequently, Nevada followed the same earlier this year.
The law was signed on Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that prohibits manufacturers from selling those cosmetic products that have been developed and brought in the market for sale through animal testing and an offender of this law would attract fines starting from $5000.
Despite laws in more than 30 countries banning cosmetics testing on animals, the U.S. has not banned the practice, according to the advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute.
The cosmetics used by you are a HORROR to animals- Cruelty Companies inflict on animals to make a Product-
Many products pass the safety standards after they are tested on animals. Cosmetics companies too do the same and conduct testing on the animals determine if their products are safe for humans or not.
BUT…This testing procedure is a NIGHTMARE to the animals. Why?
This is because the testing procedure involves-
- Ingredients force-fed to animals such as rats, rabbits, monkeys, dogs and dozens of many other.
- The rats are force-fed, ingredients are dripped into their eyes or rubbed on the bare skin of animals for a long period of time.
- Animals are kept in laboratories tied up, caged once brought in, and multiple testing methods are conducted on them that proves to be torturous to their mental and physical well-being and takes away their independence to live freely.
- Such testing can cause skin and eye irritation to animals which are often killed after the testing, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
- The testing procedures show no mercy to the animals.
Is Animal testing only the way out to SAFETY OF HUMANS?
NO. Animal welfare advocates have been protesting and demanding for a ban on animal testing; as there are more than a dozen non-animal alternatives for testing cosmetics, according to AWI. Many of those methods, such as ones using human cells and tissues, have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulators in other countries.
Then why is such CRUELTY on ANIMALS inflicted?
Despite dozens of other non-animal testing procedures available and approved, many companies yet do not opt for them as they deter to invest in for other procedures either due to hike in the cost of the testing procedures involved in the non-animal testing methods or simply ignoring the other methods as animal testing have been habituated for a prolonged period of time and completely ignoring the less expensive safe methods of testing which do not requires testing on animals.
Illinois’ new law incentivizes companies to invest in such non-animal testing alternatives, which advocates say are less expensive and more applicable to humans.
“Cosmetics testing on animals is inhumane, expensive and at odds with the laws and regulations of many countries throughout the world,” said AWI President Cathy Liss in a statement. “We appreciate that the Illinois legislature, Governor Pritzker and consumers are taking a stand against these archaic tests that cause immeasurable suffering.”
The law applies to all products manufactured on or after January 1st, 2020.
What do the CONSUMERS expect?
Many consumers are opting for products that are not tested on animals and due to this shift in the demand by the consumers, big personal product brands are changing their practices.
As there are many alternative testing methods that are good for business, safe for the consumers and certainly propagates more humane approach by eliminating the cruel practices of the past are encouraged and welcomed by the consumers.