China Feeling Global Squeeze To Adopt Non-Animal Tests, Activists Say
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
China has been pressured to adopt non-animal alternatives for testing cosmetics as the EU marketing ban draws near, more efficacious alternatives arise and Chinese consumers grow more conscious of global concerns, say animal rights activists. Young scientists will likely lead the charge for alternatives in the near term.
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Reportedly, India’s Bureau of Indian Standards has revised its standard for cosmetic safety testing, effectively banning the use of animals to substantiate the safety of cosmetic products and ingredients, in harmony with the European Union. Meanwhile, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg reports “first signs of acceptance of alternative methods in China.”
A ban on cosmetic animal testing in Korea “is looking ever more likely,” and Cruelty Free International is making progress in other markets around the world, according to the organization’s Chief Executive Michelle Thew.
Nature’s Gate follows the example of brands including Dermalogica and Pangea Naturals, choosing to close its business in China following talks with PETA, which denounces the country’s animal-testing requirements.