RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia is ending cosmetics testing on animals beginning Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, 8News has discovered Virginians can count on more legislation aimed toward cracking down on animal cruelty within the new yr.
The two new legal guidelines taking impact Jan. 1 ban new cosmetics from being examined on animals and the sale of animal examined cosmetics within the state.
“Virginia is a leader,” stated Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory who each championed the brand new legal guidelines.
Senator Boysko and Delegate Kory stated shoppers don’t have to concern their favourite magnificence merchandise will probably be swept off the cabinets.
Boysko stated, “Companies have modern tests at their disposal.”
Monica Engebretson with Cruelty Free International applauds the brand new legislation. She stated the testing was outdated and painful.
She advised us, “This involved shaving fur off of guinea pigs and rabbits and rubbing substances into their skin to see how it would react.”
Engebretson stated cosmetics testing on animals can be unreliable.
“The animal tests were never really good at predicting human response it’s just all they had at the time,” Engebretson stated.
8News additionally discovered Virginia Congressman Don Beyer is working on an identical invoice on the federal degree to put an finish to cosmetics testing on animals nationwide.
“Each time a state passes this legislation, it creates momentum for a federal bill,” Engebretson stated.
There are nonetheless issues about medical testing on animals in Virginia. The USDA just lately cited the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland with a number of animal welfare violations after an inspection revealed poor circumstances and the unexplained deaths of 300 puppies.
“There are more and more outraged constituents of mine,” Kory stated.
Both Kory and Boysko promise to ensure legislation addresses these issues.
“We gave them a chance they told us they were going to be in good faith cleaning up their act and the federal level went in and found numerous heinous and egregious injuries to these dogs,” Boysko stated.
Sen. Boysko is legislation that might require Envigo to make the deaths of animals public. Del. Kory tells us she can be working on legislation that might stop corporations like Envigo from side-stepping Virginia animal welfare legal guidelines.