NY seeks to end sale of new animal-tested cosmetics

ALBANY, NY (WTEN) — A new bill awaiting the governor’s signature could protect our furry friends. New York’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act would end the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics.

Brian Shapiro is director of NYS for the Humane Society of the United States. He said these tests are outdated and unnecessary.

“You know it’s the year 2022 not 1952 and technologies have improved where we can ensure that consumers are getting quality products, safe products, but don’t come with the cruelty attached,” said Shapiro.

Manufacturers use animals to determine product safety when introducing a new ingredient to their product line, whether it’s shampoo, mascara or lipstick. Under the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, this would be a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for the first offense.

The Humane Society says companies can use thousands of already approved ingredients. There are also modern testing methods, such as tests based on human cells, and computer models that are said to be faster, cheaper and more accurate.

“Taking test results from, say, a guinea pig and trying to transfer them to a human, when you can use the latest and greatest technology, that helps the companies that produce the cosmetics, that helps the consumers and clearly that helps animals reduce unnecessary suffering,” Shapiro said.

Senator Alessandra Biaggi sponsored the bill. In a statement, she said:

“Protecting human safety while testing cosmetics and medicines is extremely important, but that does not mean that animals should be spent on our welfare… No animal should ever face abuse or unsafe conditions. – and we’ve made it clear that New York will not tolerate their mistreatment.

Animal testing is not required for cosmetics to be sold in the United States and any products that are currently on the shelves would not be affected by this bill.

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