Maryland on track to ban cosmetic animal testing

Yvonne O'Halloran

Maryland’s State Legislature recently voted to ban animal testing for cosmetics. Though the new legislation, Prohibition on Testing Cosmetics on Animals (PTCA), will not come into effect until January 1, 2022, it still has the potential to do a lot of good for animals: it not only bans the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals but also contracting entities to test cosmetics that use animals in their development.

That’s not all the PTCA will do. The state has also voted to ban animal testing for individual ingredients, as well as third-party manufacturers. All the legislation needs is the signature of Governor Larry Hogan. If passed, Maryland will become the fifth state to ban cosmetic animal testing.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has applauded Maryland’s efforts. “No lipstick or mascara is worth the suffering of animals in laboratories,” said Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Maryland State Director for the HSUS.  “With thousands of safe ingredients already on the market and better research methods that don’t use rabbits or mice, our state has put another nail in the coffin that is animal-testing for cosmetics.”

Maryland follows Virginia, California, Illinois, and Nevada in passing an animal testing ban. Currently, five other states – New Jersey, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon – have been considering taking similar actions.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States


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