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In the News: Animal testing cruel, unnecessary practice

At our most recent session of the legislature, I am proud to share that a resolution I sponsored urging New York state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals passed with unanimous support. Sadly, the U.S. Humane Society estimates 500,000 animals suffer and die each year because of animal testing. This includes rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. Animal testing is a cruel and unnecessary practice. As our resolution notes, there are many different testing methods available to companies that do not involve hurting an animal. Right now, more than 39 countries have full or partial bans on animal testing, with a number of U.S. states recently passing their own legislation to follow suit.