Hawaii to Become Sixth State to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Legislation to make Hawaii the sixth state to officially and explicitly ban animal testing for cosmetics has been passed by the state’s full legislature.

According to the officially summary of the measure, it “Bans the import for profit, sale, and offer for sale of any cosmetic in the State if the final product or any component of the final product was developed or manufactured using animal testing performed on or after 1/1/2024.”

The measure – House Bill 1088 and its companion bill Senate Bill 345 – was passed unanimously by the legislature. It will now become law once signed by Governor David Ige (or allowed to become law without a signature). Governor Ige also has the option of vetoing the measure, though that’s extremely unlikely.

The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here. It was first introduced by Senator Mike Gabbard in 2018.

“People in Hawai’i and across the nation care about animals and are increasingly looking for cosmetic products that are cruelty-free,” Gabbard said. “By moving forward with this legislation, we are doing the right thing without sacrificing the necessary product testing needed to protect human health.”

California became the first state to ban comestic animal testing in 2018:.Since then four states have followed: New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Oregon.

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