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New York: Urge Passage of State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Assembly and Senate

New York: Urge Passage of State Ban on Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Assembly and Senate

Name: Ban on the Sale of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Tested on Animals

Bill Number: A496/S 4250

New York was one of the first states to ban the use of animals for testing the safety of cosmetics. Last year, new legislation was introduced to ban the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals. As the legislative session reopens in 2020, A 496 and S 4250 will again be under consideration. While the Assembly bill would ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics, regardless of whether they were manufactured inside or outside of the state, the Senate bill also includes a definition of “cosmetics” that covers personal hygiene products such as deodorants, shampoos and other cleansing agents.

Please give your full support to the passage of this bill in the upcoming session. California passed a similar bill in 2018. Last year, Illinois and Nevada also passed bans on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in their states.

Please help New York become the next state to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.


Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your state Assemblyperson and Senator and ask them to support this important legislation.
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Support a ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for A 496/S 4250, legislation which would end the sale, in the state of New York, of cosmetics that are tested on animals. Safe and reliable non-animal safety tests have existed for years, and hundreds of brands currently sell cosmetics that are cruelty free.

New York is already leading the way with its ban on the use of animals for cosmetics safety testing. The proposed sales ban is a logical extension of this existing law, which will impact only those few companies that still rely on outmoded animal tests to determine the safety of their products. The European Union has adopted progressive test methods and a humane standard for testing cosmetics for safety, and many individual countries have also adopted non-animal-based testing for cosmetics safety.

There is no justification for the continued reliance on cruel animal tests to ensure the safety of cosmetics. Since 2018, California, Illinois and Nevada have also passed laws banning the sale of cosmetics tested for safety on animals. Let New York continue to lead the way in the global movement toward cruelty-free cosmetics.

Thank you for your support of this important bill.

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