New York must take the lead in cosmetic testing

Throughout human history, people have gone to great lengths to maintain and improve their appearance, so much so that it is often said that beauty is pain. Maybe it is, but it shouldn’t be true of innocent animals.

Despite the existence of effective alternatives to animal testing, many of the cosmetic products we use every day contain ingredients that have been tested on animals. These tests are as useless as they are cruel; they subject innocent animals to pain and often cause severe physical suffering and death.

We have the power to stop their suffering by passing the New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (A5653A / S4839A), which would bring New York in line with eight other states.

In 2008, New York enacted a law to ban unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics in situations where a more humane alternative exists. Since then, modern alternatives to animal testing have gotten better, faster and cheaper, with computer modeling and testing techniques using human volunteers and human tissues and cells, but animals are still unnecessarily subjected to painful testing. to evaluate the safety of certain chemicals used in cosmetic products.

Over the past 10 years, following the Cruelty Free International campaign and an ethical consumer movement to purchase cruelty free cosmetics, more than 40 countries around the world have taken steps to end animal testing for cosmetics.

New York City is considered a fashion and beauty capital of the world, and New York state has the third largest economy in the United States. Imagine the message we could send by passing the New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act into law. The act would ban the sale of any cosmetic product containing ingredients tested on animals after the effective date and would require manufacturers to meet the new cruelty standards. -free. Compliance would pose no challenge to the industry and save countless animals from unnecessary torture.

In 2018, California became the first state in the nation to go cruelty-free by banning the sale of cosmetics that have just been tested on animals. Since then, a steady stream of states has followed suit. As a result, cosmetics companies already have to comply with their no-testing obligation to sell products in California, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Hawaii and New Jersey, and in one of the largest cosmetics markets in the world: the European Union, cruelty free since 2013.

Consumers are in favor of ending animal testing for cosmetics. A poll conducted for Cruelty Free International by Survey USA in August 2019 showed that the vast majority of Americans across party lines and generations oppose animal testing for cosmetics. Unsurprisingly, a 2015 Nielsen survey found that “not tested on animals” was the most important packaging claim for consumers.

The suffering of animals in cosmetics laboratories is archaic, inhuman and unnecessary. New Yorkers have long been leaders in animal protection through progressive legislation. Together, we have led many of these efforts and will do it again with the New York Cruelty Free Cosmetic Act. Now is the time for the people of the nation’s fashion and cosmetics capital to stand up for animals and support the NY Cruelty Free Cosmetic Act. .

Congresswoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, represents the Assembly’s 67th district. Monica Engebretson of Sacremento, California, is Head of Public Affairs, North America, for Cruelty Free International,

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