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State Laws

In the United States, three states have already passed laws that ban testing cosmetics on animals. In 2002, California became the first state to prohibit testing cosmetics and personal care items on animals, when an alternative test is available. Although this ban, and bans in other states, do not include the marketing of cosmetics that are tested on animals elsewhere, this has been a significant step forward in efforts to embrace a nationwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals in the United States. These state laws ban manufacturers and other testing facilities from using traditional animal testing methods when alternative testing methods have been approved by the Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).

The states that have banned animal testing for cosmetics are:

California:  CAL. CIV. CODE § 1834.9 (2002)

New Jersey:  N.J. STAT. ANN. § 4:22-59 (2007)

New York: N.Y. Pub Health Law § 505 (2014)

Virginia: VA Acts of Assembly, CH 672 (2018)