SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is sponsoring legislation promoting the humane treatment of animals by banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetic products in Illinois.
“We cannot accept the continued cruel treatment of animals,” said Carroll. “Companies and manufacturers do not need to inflict unnecessary pain and trauma on animals simply to test cosmetic products. All living creatures deserve respect.”
Carroll’s Senate Bill 241 seeks to outlaw the importation and sale of cosmetic products using animal testing in Illinois after 2020. There is little regulation protecting animals during cosmetic testing, resulting in suffering, pain and death for any animals. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only advises manufacturers to test a product’s safety as they see fit, which traditionally has been animal testing. Carroll is partnering with the Animal Welfare Institute to pass this bill.
“There needs to be a better standard for testing cosmetics because companies follow loose rules to ensure the safety of their products,” said Carroll. “My bill sets a clear standard that animal testing is wrong and a new way to determine a product’s safety should be found and utilized.”