Victory! Another Country Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics

In another major victory for lab animals, Taiwan just became the latest country to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

The win follows a years-long #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign that was run by the Taiwan SPCA and the Humane Society International (HSI), fueled by the support of local animal lovers and celebrities who don’t want to see animals harmed for nothing more than human vanity.

The legislation (that just officially passed) was introduced by Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong in order to amend Taiwan’s Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act. The amendment bans both testing of finished products, and their ingredients.

“This is a moment to celebrate as Taiwan joins the growing international movement away from animal testing of cosmetics and takes the lead on ending cosmetics cruelty in Southeast Asia, becoming the first in the region to ban animal testing for cosmetics. It’s truly a victory for both animal welfare and compassionate consumers; and yet another achievement for the #BeCrueltyFree campaign,” said Claire Mansfield, HSI’s global #BeCrueltyFree campaigns director.

The new law gives companies until 2019 to be compliant, and now its supporters are going to begin working to take it even further by promoting more legislation that will stop anyone from importing cosmetics that have been tested elsewhere in the world.

“We are thrilled that Taiwan has taken this positive step and voted to end cosmetics animal testing. Testing cosmetics on animals causes them pain and suffering for test results that have never been proven reliable to assure human safety and don’t represent modern science. Today we celebrate this important victory, and tomorrow we look ahead to campaigning for a sales ban for products newly tested on animals outside of Taiwan, so that cosmetics cruelty can fully be eliminated from the Taiwanese market,” said Joy Liou, Taiwan SPCA and #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign coordinator.

The new change in Taiwan brings the country in line with more than 30 others that have enacted similar bans. While animal advocates are celebrating a major milestone against this type of testing, they are still working on efforts to help countries catch up.

While pProgressive nations have recognized that subjecting animals to unfathomable pain and suffering for nothing more than makeup and other personal care items is no longer acceptable, many others are unfortunately still lagging behind, including Canada and the U.S.

The lack of progress in North America continues to cause needless suffering. Hundreds of companies have proven they can make products safe without causing animals harm. Failure to make cosmetics humane in the U.S. is also keeping companies here from competing in a global marketplace as more nations shut their doors to products that are tested on animals.

Australia, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada, are also combating inhumane  cosmetic labs–but have yet to pass anything.

Animal advocates are still pushing for the passage of a federal bill, the Humane Cosmetics Act. This bill would make it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetics after a one year phase in, followed by a ban on the interstate sale of products and ingredients that were made using animal testing after three years. Advocates are also campaigning in Canada to pass the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to ban the testing of products and sales of products that have been tested elsewhere int he world.

Take Action!

Please sign and share the petition asking Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act.

To find cruelty-free personal care and cosmetics already on the market that sport the Leaping Bunny logo, check out Cruelty Free International and HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign for more on how to support laws like this.

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109 comments

Marija M
Marija M2 years ago

:)) tks

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Robert N.
Rob Chloe Sam N2 years ago

A small but good victory, Still a long way to go to stop it forever.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Wow. I do not get women who use this crap on their faces. I got make up that is cruelty free and it is great!! ELF. And cheap!!

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David C.
David C2 years ago

thanks

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Still a long way to go

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

Amazed it is Taiwan. Now that really puts a smudge on the US.

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Shanae T.
Shanae T2 years ago

This is so amazing!!!!

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

Thanks

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agi r.
agi r.2 years ago

Surprised! I didnt expect Taiwan to be that country. Many thanks to them! Animal testing is cruel and pointless! Mare and more people choose cosmetics that are not tested on animals.

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Tania N.
Tania N2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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