RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia is ending cosmetic testing on animals effective January 1, 2022. In addition, 8News has learned that Virginians can expect more legislation to address cruelty to human beings. animals in the new year.
The two new laws coming into effect Jan. 1 ban new cosmetics from being tested on animals and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state.
“Virginia is a leader,” said Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory, both of whom have championed the new laws.
Senator Boysko and Delegate Kory said consumers need not worry about their favorite beauty products being swept off the shelves.
Boysko said: “Companies have modern tests at their disposal.”
Monica Engebretson of Cruelty Free International applauds the new law. She said the test was outdated and painful.
She told us: “It involved shaving the fur of guinea pigs and rabbits and rubbing substances on their skin to see how it would react.”
Engebretson said animal cosmetic testing is also unreliable.
“Animal testing has never been very good at predicting the human response, that’s all they had back then,” Engebretson said.
8News has also learned that Congressman from Virginia Don Beyer is working on a similar bill at the federal level to end cosmetic testing on animals nationwide.
“Every time a state passes this legislation, it creates momentum for a federal bill,” Engebretson said.
There are still concerns about medical animal testing in Virginia. The USDA recently cited the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland with multiple animal welfare violations after an inspection found poor conditions and the unexplained deaths of 300 puppies.
“There are more and more of my outraged constituents,” Kory said.
Kory and Boysko promise to make sure the legislation addresses these concerns.
“We gave them a chance, they told us they were going to be in good faith to clean up their act and the federal level came in and found many heinous and egregious injuries to these dogs,” Boysko said.
Senator Boysko is reviewing legislation that would require Envigo to make animal deaths public. Of the. Kory tells us she’s also working on legislation that would prevent companies like Envigo from circumventing Virginia’s animal welfare laws.