New York has proposed an act, The New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, that will stop the import or sale of any cosmetic product tested on animals, if it is passed.
Cruelty Free International has been working hard behind the scenes to support a bill to ban the sale of new animal tested cosmetics in New York since 2016. The bill which was re-introduced last year would see New York join the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India in prohibiting the sale of new animal tested cosmetics.
If passed the bill will stop the import or sale in New York of any cosmetic product tested on animals from the date the law comes into effect. The bill will make New York the very first US state to introduce legislation of this kind.
A statement on the Cruelty Free International website states: “The bill which was re-introduced last year would see would see New York join the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India in prohibiting the sale of new animal tested cosmetics.”
Monica Engebretston, North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International said: “We applaud Assembly member Rosenthal for championing this ground-breaking legislation that would make New York a cruelty free cosmetics zone. It sets an example for the rest of the United States to catch up with the global demand for safe and humane cosmetics.”
New York has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests. In 2008 the state passed a bill making it illegal to conduct cosmetics animal testing if an alternative method is available. The next step is for the bill to be heard in committee before proceeding to a floor vote.