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This week, the Hawaii Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (HCFCA) passed its final vote in the state legislature and, once signed by Governor David Ige, will make Hawaii the sixth state to ban cosmetic animal testing. The HCFCA prohibits the sale of new products tested on animals after January 1, 2022. In 2018, Senator Mike Gabbard (D-HI) first introduced the legislation—making Hawaii one of the first states to consider banning cosmetic animal testing—and has re-introduced HCFCA every year since. 

“People in Hawai’i and across the nation care about animals and are increasingly looking for cosmetic products that are cruelty-free,” Gabbard said. “By moving forward with this legislation, we are doing the right thing without sacrificing the necessary product testing needed to protect human health.”

Banning cosmetic animal testing nationwide

In 2018, California became the first state to prohibit the sale and manufacture of animal-tested cosmetics it passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249)—legislation that…

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