Israel Bans Animal-Tested Cosmetics. Why Can’t We Do the Same?

Animal advocates, and animals in labs, were given yet another reason to celebrate the new year with the enactment of a law in Israel banning animal testing for cosmetics, personal care and household products that went into effect at midnight on December 31.

“Animal testing in the Cosmetics Industry inflicts horrific suffering on these animals. Each product requires between 2,000-3,000 tests, and animals die in agony,” said MK Eitan Cabel, who called the move a “true revolution in animal welfare.”

Animal testing for cosmetics and other products was banned in Israel in 2007, but this new ban is focused on products that are imported from other countries and will also mean an end to marketing products that have been tested on animals, even if the testing was done elsewhere in the world.

“The end of animal testing for cosmetics has come a step closer today,” said Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International (HSI). “Whilst we commend Israel for taking this truly historic action, strict enforcement of the law alongside active assistance from cosmetic companies, will now be vital. HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is working in India, Brazil, South Korea, the United States and beyond to achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics. Once the EU enforces its own sales ban in March, the creation of these two cruelty-free markets will be a significant milestone towards achieving our goal.”

The EU adopted legislation to ban animal testing for cosmetics in 1993, which was supposed to go into effect in 1998, but was repeatedly delayed. In 2009, all animal testing for cosmetics was banned in the EU and supported by campaigns from organizations including HSI, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments.

The 2009 ban was also accompanied by a marketing ban for products that were tested outside of the EU. However, the deadline was delayed for three types of tests in an effort to buy time to develop alternatives. As of the March deadline, if it’s not delayed again, no cosmetic products with ingredients that have been tested on animals will be sold in the EU, whether or not there is an alternative test available.

For more information on the EU ban, visit No Cruel Cosmetics. To find truly cruelty-free products, visit gocrueltyfree.org.

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Angela L.
angel l.3 years ago

I try my to avoid using cosmetic that are tested on animals unless those brands who are dishonest and lie about their product. I even avoid taking medicine and stay on natural healing; not even herbal when they make into pills, you never know what they put in. I know we can't ask so many others to stop banning on animals product but we can at least try one step at a time and every individual counts. To be compassion and kind to other sentient beings can improve our lifestyles. Based on my experience, ever since I became a vegetarian, now almost vegan, I feel so much happier and everything goes well with me. I hope people put this thought into respect.

marj waite
marj waite3 years ago

I haven't used animal tested toletries/cosmetics since I first heard of animal testing over 20 yrs ago and have enlisted family and friends to do the same. There are a number of brands that are available and no one, including myself, has grown a third limb or has an incurable rash due to using a product that isn't tested on animals. I've come to believe those companies that insist on using animal testing are nothing more that sadistic individuals that are in dire need of psychiatric help.

Stephen S.
Stephen L.3 years ago

Every woman can stand against those evil corporations by just not using cosmetics, Tania. But I think that they care more about their appearance than about saving animals from testing.

Tania S.
Tania S.3 years ago

I stopped wearing (department store/brand name) cosmetics and using chemical-laden hair products after I first found out what animal testing was. I had no idea such cruelty existed. I've since then opened my eyes and I see past all the marketing lies and jargon, I REALLY hate Proctor & Gamble since they're (apparently) the worst here in Canada (a damn shame)..I know there's also Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever, oh and Clorox etc...Who am I to take these corporations down? I waste my breath half the time since no one's listening, or they just don't believe me. People are dumbed down and brainwashed into thinking whatever the media markets and shoves in their face. It makes me SICK.
Choose to be cruelty free! Read labels carefully though, some companies lie and make false claims.
I see a lot of 'organic' ingredients in things, sure but among them are parabens and the worst kind of preservatives on the market. I saw FORMALDEHYDE in 'Irish spring' body wash the other day, I'm not kidding!
WHO WANTS TO STAND AGAINST THESE EVIL CORPORATIONS WITH ME? SEND ME A MESSAGE, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND SPREAD THE WORD!

Manel Dias
Manel Dias3 years ago

Bravo Israel. You have done a great job. Shown your compassion towards innocent animals.
Other countries as well need to follow your foot steps now. Also I urge some one who has the means to find out and publish a list of cosmetics lines who uses and abuse animals. The world would be happy to know. I would like to know who are the cosmetic lines who do not use animal testings as well.