Groundbreaking legislation could see the import or sale of any animal-tested cosmetics banned in the state of New York if brought into effect.
If passed, NY would be the first US state to introduce a law of this nature.
Cruelty Free International has been working to support the bill since 2016.
According to the organization: “The bill which was re-introduced last year would see New York join the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India in prohibiting the sale of new animal tested cosmetics.”
Monica Engebretson, North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International, said: “We applaud Assembly member Rosenthal for championing this ground-breaking legislation that would make New York a cruelty free cosmetics zone.
“It sets an example for the rest of the United States to catch up with the global demand for safe and humane cosmetics.”
Cruelty Free International said: “New York has long been a leader in promoting modern alternatives to animal tests.
“In 2008 the state passed a bill making it illegal to conduct cosmetics animal testing if an alternative method is available.”
The next step is for the bill to be heard in committee before proceeding to a floor vote.