California, reports Fox News, may be the first state in the United States to place a full ban on cosmetic testing on animals.
Senator Cathleen Galigiana introduced a bill called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. The bill would make it illegal for companies to knowingly sell any products that have been tested using animals. She proposes a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second. Cosmetic companies LUSH and Cruelty Free Cosmetics already back the bill.
The bill would “save thousands of animals’ lives each year,” says Judie Mancuso, the founder of Social Compassion in Legislation. Cosmetic products are very unregulated in the United States, and introducing this bill would allow for animals’ rights to be respected more.