New York State is often at the forefront when it comes to protecting rights, but also restricting certain things it deems harmful. There is now an effort to ban certain types of cosmetics from being sold in the state. Assembly Bill A5653B would ban both the manufacture or sale of cosmetics tested on animals. It has not passed in either the Assembly or the Senate yet. If it does, Governor Kathy Hochul will also need to sign it into law.

If it does become law, it would carry a fine for companies that violate it,

Prohibits the manufacture or sale of cosmetics tested on animals; punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars for the first violation and not more than one thousand dollars per day if the violation continues; the attorney general may investigate and bring an action for violations.

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The Bill would affect a wide range of products,

'Cosmetic' shall mean articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting, attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including but not limited to personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo or conditioner.

If it is passed and becomes law, it will take effect on January 1, 2023.

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