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Oregon Becomes 11th State to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics

by Suzana Rose

Jan 28, 2024

Oregon has become the 11th U.S. state to ban animal testing for cosmetics, prohibiting the sale of products developed through animal testing starting in 2024. Advocates applaud the ban as an important step toward more ethical and compassionate beauty products, though cosmetics sold in Oregon still won't be fully "cruelty-free" since testing can occur elsewhere.

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Oregon has become the 11th state in the United States to ban animal testing for cosmetics, joining the ranks of more than 30 countries and 10 other US states that have already implemented similar legislation. The new law, known as House Bill 3213, prohibits manufacturers from selling cosmetics developed through the use of animal testing in Oregon, starting from January 1, 2024. Cruelty-Free Kitty applauds this ban, which is a signifiant step not only for the state of Oregon, but also a step closer to a nation-wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.

A Significant Step Towards Reducing Animal Suffering

The ban on animal testing for cosmetics is seen as a significant step towards reducing animal suffering, as non-animal-based methods that are more effective and often cheaper already exist. With the increasing availability of non-animal test methods and thousands of existing ingredients with a history of safe use, we believe that there's no justification for the continued use of animals to test cosmetics.

Kelly Peterson, Oregon state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a press release, "Oregonians believe in a better world for animals. These measures mitigate suffering in puppy mills and animal testing laboratories, and help people keep their pets through challenging circumstances". Peterson also added, "With thousands of existing ingredients with a history of safe use and a growing number of non-animal testing methods available, there is no justification for the continued use of animals to test cosmetics".

Cosmetics In Oregon Still Not "Cruelty-Free"

Despite the ban, it's important to note that cosmetics puchased in Oregon still won't be considered cruelty-free, as animal testing can occur elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, the majority of animal testing occurs from large companies selling their products in the Chinese market. This means that big names like Nars, Benefit, and Maybelline -- who sell their products in mainland China -- will still be available for purchase in Oregon despite their funding of animal testing. Conscious consumers need to stay vigilant when shopping for beauty products even in states where the practice is banned.

The Future of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

As more states and countries continue to ban animal testing for cosmetics, the industry is expected to shift towards more humane and effective alternatives. These alternatives include sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues (also known as in vitro methods), advanced computer-modeling techniques (often referred to as in silico models), and studies with human volunteers.

With Oregon's recent ban on animal testing for cosmetics, the state has taken a significant step towards a more compassionate and ethical approach to beauty products. The hope is that other states and countries will follow suit, ultimately leading to a global shift towards cruelty-free cosmetics.

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