THE WHAT? The Governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul has signed the New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, prohibiting the sale of cosmetics newly tested on animals in the region, effective immediately.
THE DETAILS New York is the 10th US State to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. The act, which was introduced in May 2022, passed the floor of the New York State Assembly with a vote of 143-1.
THE WHY? New York State Assembly Member Linda B Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan), Chair of the Committee on Social Services, explains, “More consumers than ever are demanding cruelty-free cosmetics, and I am proud that my legislation banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals has been signed into law. For decades, animals have suffered painful, cruel. and unnecessary experiments in the development of cosmetics, despite the existence of alternative methods that do not involve animal testing. 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.”