Virginia animal testing ban in force
The Humane Cosmetics Actcame into force on 1 January in the US state of Virginia, preventing cosmetics manufacturer from conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing there. It also bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals from 1 July.
The act was signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam in April 2021, making Virginia the fourth state to enact such a ban, after California in 2018, and Nevada and Illinois in 2019. Six other states - New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New York and Oregon - were considering similar bills during 2021.