Cosmetic Animal-Testing Regs Tighten Around Globe, Per EU’s Example
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With Europe’s full animal-testing ban for cosmetic products slated for March, activist groups are now turning up pressure on Brazil, India and China to institute or improve animal-welfare laws. As of Jan. 1, Israel has outlawed the import of cosmetics tested on animals, so that the state “possibly become[s] the world’s first cruelty-free cosmetics market,” Humane Society International notes.
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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.
Cruelty Free International calls on FDA to follow the EU’s example and ban animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The group has launched a new campaign to generate support among American consumers while inviting visitors to its website to sign a global pledge to end cosmetic animal testing worldwide.