SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has joined California and Nevada in imposing a statewide ban on the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The law signed Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker prohibits manufactures to import and/or sell any cosmetic products such as lipsticks and shampoos in Illinois if they were developed or manufactured using animal tests as of Jan. 1, 2020.
The ban doesn’t include cosmetic products or ingredients for which animal testing was done prior to the law becoming effective.
Bill sponsor Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, said modern testing options are less expensive, faster and more predictive of human reactions than painful tests done on animals.
More than 30 countries ban cosmetic testing on animals. There isn’t such a national ban in the U.S., despite urging by such organizations as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
“As we continue to expand our global #BeCrueltyFree campaign, we are thrilled to see the momentum building in the United States. This is one of the world’s largest cosmetics markets, and reforms here have the potential to spare the lives of tens of thousands of animals used in these tests worldwide each year, including mice, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S. “In traditional tests, substances are forced down the animals’ throats, dripped into their eyes, or smeared onto their skin, and they are left to suffer for days or weeks without pain relief. There is no need for this.”
The Animal Welfare Institute hailed the new Illinois ban, saying it provides more incentives for cosmetics companies to invest in non-amimal alternatives to remain competitive while sparing animals from painful tests.
Hundreds of cosmetic companies already rely on non-animal testing, the group said.
Illinois’ law comes with a handful of exceptions, among them when animal testing is needed in connection with a human health problem and suitable non-animal testing isn’t available, cases in which testing is required by a foreign government — as long as long as none of the evidence from the test is used to substantiate the safety of the product in Illinois — and animal testing done to comply with or respond to certain federal regulations.