California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Signed Into Law By Governor Brown: This Is Huge!

California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Signed Into Law By Governor Brown: This Is Huge!

Last February, here at the Physicians Committee, we had an idea: Why not ban the sale of personal care products that have been tested on animals? To do this, we focused on California and we teamed up with a group called Social Compassion in Legislation and Senator Cathleen Galgiani to introduce a bill called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, or Senate Bill 1249. Since California is the world’s fifth largest economy, we knew that this bill would have an astounding impact. Cosmetic companies wouldn’t want to create one product for California and another product to be sold everywhere else. And right off the bat, our celebrity friends showed their support. Hey, California, we want to tell you about a once-in-a-generation opportunity that could help save the lives of millions of animals and make some of the products that we use on our bodies safer at the same time. With Alicia Silverstone, Moby, and more appearing in a video that we made to help raise awareness. Recognizable figures like NBA star John Salley, True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten, Harley Quinn Smith, actress and author Alicia Silverstone, and activist Maggie Q visited the capitol to meet with legislators, attended rallies, and make statements at hearings for the bill. People like Sia, Emily Deschanel, Alyssa Milano, Mayim Bialik, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and more took to social media to help with the effort. The bill gained co-authors and passionate supporters in the legislature, with Assemblymember Ash Kalra becoming a co-author and champion for the bill. As one of his final acts as governor, Jerry Brown has signed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act into law. Not only will SB 1249 mean that companies selling personal care products in California can’t test on animals, but they also have to verify their cosmetic products’ safety using nonanimal methods. This will increase the use of nonanimal methods across all types of safety testing. To all of our supporters who made phone calls, sent letters and e-mails, posted to social media, attended rallies, met with their representatives, and talked with their friends and neighbors about this issue: Thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.


  • Donna Holt says:


  • Firangele Sepulveda says:

    WOW๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒฑ amazing! Thank you for all you do…๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒฑโค๏ธ

  • Marcelo Miceli says:


  • MrClevatreva says:

    Great job. Although many would like to see a lot more done to end animal exploitation, this is a great example of choosing the right battle for the time. Something achievable. Well done ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘

  • flordelavida says:


  • my tofu addiction says:

    got those happy overwhelmed tears going. soo soo happy SET THEM FREE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter Rabitt says:

    Ooh….this could be used as precedent for banning CAFOs.

  • IAM REAL says:

    SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Plant Based TV says:

    Great job doc!

  • Falafelzebub's Den of Vegan Iniquity says:

    So many people outside of California really seem to hate us, but every once in a while we manage to do some pretty awesome things.

    Thank you PCRM, and you're welcome. I couldn't have been happier to do my part in getting this passed. Your calls to action truly make a difference.

  • Johanna Calvillo says:

    Party in Cali, Cali ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • sathlin says:

    This is so cool!!

  • Juanita Val says:

    thank you so much you are doing very good to save a poor animals, thank you. You are the super man, and the best.

  • Juanita Val says:

    all the people that is helping with you my respect and love to them super!

  • Guenevere Schwien says:

    Wow! So awesome. Way to go California! And Physicians Committee!

  • Jeanne Amato says:

    Bless you both!โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Pam Flowers says:

    why is California the only progressive state? it's an embarrassment to the rest of us. SHAME>

  • Sushmita Roy says:

    Wow. So if a company cannot market to a huge state like California because of negatively perceived testing practices, then it is in their best interest to change. I email companies to try and ascertain whether they test or not. Most say that they do not, unless they absolutely have to. That is not good enough for me, so I stop buying such products.

  • Melody Montminy says:

    Omg this is soooo great…THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU to all those who helped this fantastic thing to happen๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ THANK YOU to Jerry Brown ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

  • Marjan Noory says:

    thank you, thank you … soooooooooooooooooooooo happy

  • Carolin Radcliff says:

    Hurray! Thank you x100! Too bad, it takes so long to go into effect. In the meantime a whole lot
    of suffering still goes on. We need to stop buying animal tested cosmetics, right now, to let companies know we mean business!

  • noitalfed says:

    Thanks for building an organization that yields effective activism. I am so happy to support it.

  • Plant Maven says:

    I buy Milani, cruelty free. Yay for PCRM. My heroes. Guv Brown – you rock!

  • Sunghee Lee says:

    Great work!! Thank you Dr. B and everyone!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Anna Meier says:


  • Rebecca Soubra says:

    Thank you this is great news for animals!,

  • Roy Wessbecher says:

    That's the way to do it! (Lots, lots more to do…)

  • Fiore Diloto says:

    This is just grate!!!!!!!!!, it makes me happy!!!!!!, we need this happening more and more in our world, YES, YES, YES, EUREKA!!!!!!!

  • Anne Marie Tate says:

    Once again my hat goes off to you Dr. Barnard. Thank you for your dedication to this cause!

  • Miss Anthropy โ“‹ says:

    Fantastic news; we can finally shop for cosmetics and personal care products without all that stress of reading tiny print on labels, although I will still far prefer companies that never did test on animals. But I wonder when the new law will be in effect?** For once Jerry Brown and CA politicians did something great! If only now they'd repeal Pan's vaccine law, etc., etc..
    **Oh, I found out it's in effect 1/1/2020; pretty good, they usually give abusers far longer than that to transition to decency.

  • Miss Anthropy โ“‹ says:

    What about household cleaning products? That needs to be next!

  • Steph Ss says:

    Next up, animal testing on food-stuffs. Thank you all for getting involved, and passing this law ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenny Burnett says:


  • ASMRyouVEGANyet? says:

    Makes me so happy!

  • farginargle says:

    Ha! Woohoo! I love that California is more boldly legislating kindness for all creatures and the earth! Also I love that celebrities are more bold than ever, using the attention they get to fight for equality and a healthy planet, no matter what the sour grapes say!! MASSIVE!! WATCH THE LEGISLATION OF JUSTICE SKYROCKET!!

  • Sarah Zlomke says:

    Does anyone know when this will go into effect? And will companies that test on animals like Revlon or Maybelliene just disappear from our stores? I'm so happy about this

  • Lucy Mejรญa says:


  • LowsonIntl says:

    A significant achievement in the name of humanity. Thank you for your dedicated work for the protection and welfare of the nonhuman species. California is leadig the way to animal liberation for the rest of the world to follow suit. Every step forward is a victory to end animal exploitation in our society, which could not come soon enough. Hopefully, there will come a time when the human species will see with the eyes of the soul and realize that we all feel and suffer the same. When humanity awakens to this truth, the nonhuman species will be freed from bondage and the world will know peace on earth through the power of love.- Director, CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can't Speak

  • Elsje Massyn says:

    Dr Barnard you and your team ROCK!!!
    Thanks for all you do for health and everything you do to help the animals.
    So happy to hear California passing a law that will keep animals off the cosmetics testing table.
    Thanks to Governor Brown for working with the team to get this Act passed.

  • karine nalt says:

    Bravo and thank you sooooo much for the animals who cant speak. Cruelty should be banned in every form. THANK YOU๐Ÿ’•

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