Sale of cosmetics tested on animals banned in Illinois

Tabitha Yoakum, Communications Director

Recently, the state of Illinois has put a ban on the sale and distribution of all animal-testing for cosmetics. Cosmetics are defined as products (excluding pure soap) intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance according to the FDA. The animals that are tested on include rabbits, rats, mice, dogs and cats. 

“Animal testing is wrong because the animals are the ones to suffer the consequences,” said Litsi Hernandez, class of 2020. 

Karissa Wrasse, Graphic Design teacher, says, “If it is for beauty products, I’m not for animals being tested on.” 

Wrasse is an owner to many pets and animals, such as horses and quail. They are not on the list for animal testing with beauty products, but are on others, like drug testing. A complete list of makeup brands that test on animals can be found on PETA’s official website, which do include popular brands that are well-known by avid makeup users. Mentioned by PETA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” packaging labels, so companies can put them on their packaging even if the product or ingredients have been tested on animals, so let it be a warning to all.