The sale of cosmetics tested on animals is now banned in New York, making it the tenth state in the US to do so.
On December 15, the New York Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act became a legal requirement.
Cosmetics tested on animals are not allowed to be manufactured or sold.
Next month, the law will go into force thanks to the official announcement from Governor Kathy Hochul (January 2023). Bipartisan support for the resolution is said to have been “nearly universal,” indicating that both Democrats and Republicans supported it.
Any cosmetics that use animal testing in their supply chain will no longer be produced or sold by businesses. All of New York State will be affected by this. In addition to Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, and Maine, these limits are already in effect in New Jersey, California, Louisiana, and Nevada.
The production and sale of any cosmetics that include animal testing in their supply chain will no longer be permitted by businesses. Throughout the entire state of New York, this will be applicable. Along with Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, and Hawaii, these limitations are already in effect in New Jersey, California, Louisiana, and Nevada.
Cosmetics producers will now have to give up harsh testing processes in favor of ingredients and methods that don’t use animals. Both are getting easier and easier to source.
“Research methods have evolved, rendering unnecessary the requirement that animals undergo inhumane tests to help companies create a new mascara or shampoo,” New York State assembly member Linda Rosenthal said in a statement.
New York focuses on animal welfare issues
The unveiling of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act follows another victory for animal rights in New York.
It was recently found that the state had prohibited the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits at pet stores. The move was made in order to have greater control over commercial breeding activities. Hochul signed the act into law once more.
Despite the fact that it will not go into force until 2024, the prohibition is being hailed as a big triumph for animals.
Will the rest of the United States outlaw animal-tested cosmetics?
New York’s new legislation adds weight to existing efforts for a statewide ban on animal experimentation in cosmetics. The Humane Cosmetics Act, which is now being considered by the US courts, would impose such limits.
“Now it is up to Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act to bring about a consistent standard for ending cosmetics animal testing across the country,” Brian Shapiro, New York State director for the Humane Society, said in a statement.
The measure has received support from more than just lawmakers and the general population.
To present, nearly 400 (377) businesses have offered their support. Large corporations such as Unilever, the Body Shop, and Walgreens are among them.