STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill Friday that would make New York becomes the 10th state to prohibit the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
The legislation will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
New York joins California, Nevada, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, and Louisiana who have all similar laws in effect. Over 40 countries already prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
The bill makes it unlawful to sell cosmetics that involve new animal testing to establish its safety; instead, manufacturers will have to use widely available non-animal testing methods. Cosmetics currently on sale will remain available, according to a press release.
The bill, first introduced by Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal and Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, passed the Assembly in May 2022.
“With this new law, animals will no longer be harmed in the service of humans’ pursuit of beauty. I am proud to have worked with Cruelty Free International in passing this legislation into law and look forward to seeing more states follow in New York’s footsteps,” Rosenthal said.
Organizations like The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) expressed their support for the passage of the bill saying the legislation “helps us protect animal welfare while supporting modern approaches to assure safe and innovative products that consumers trust and enjoy every day.”
Protecting the safety of humans by testing cosmetics is extremely important, but does not mean that animals must serve at their expense for our wellbeing,” Sen. Alessandra Biaggi said. “Animals serve as a means for unconditional love and support, and should never have to face abuse or unsafe conditions, and New Yorkers have made it clear that we will not tolerate their mistreatment.”
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