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In the second of two blogs, Cruelty Free International Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, gives a lightning tour of the world and the countries where our positive approach is saving animals in laboratories.Read part one here.
In just the last few weeks we’ve seen our work snowball as more countries take on the challenge of ending cruel cosmetics.
In Argentina last month, Senator Magdalena Odarda launched a Bill to end the animal tests for cosmetics there, saying, "It's wonderful that we have the support of people who care about animals all over the world, and in preparing this Bill we've worked closely with Cruelty Free International, which is also leading an effort to end animal testing for cosmetics in Brazil and many other countries. Together we can change the world!"
In Brazil, every political party leader from left to right signed a call by our campaign manager, scientist Dr Frank Alarcón calling for speedy passage of a phase-out. It’s passed the Lower House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
In China, after two years of talks with authorities, they changed the regulations last July to allow non-animal alternatives to be used for most cosmetics. We recently hosted a seminar in Beijing for scientists on the latest developments in humane testing methods.
In the United States, we have worked in Congress to introduce a Bill to end the animal testing for cosmetics last month.
In Korea, after a year of negotiations with the authorities including two meetings that we organised with key decision-makers, a phase-out Bill with Government support is imminent.
In New Zealand, animal testing for cosmetics is being banned with the open support of local industry, who say that animal testing is unnecessary and bad for the image of companies.
And we hope to have another big announcement very soon - watch this space!
We’re getting there. And our positive approach is widening the agenda to challenge animal experiments more generally, based on our deep expertise in Britain and the EU.
We’re hugely ambitious, and we couldn’t do it without the support of compassionate people around the world.
In today’s world, bad practices need to be ended all over the globe. Animals don’t know what country they’re in. They just know that they suffer.
It’s our job to stop it. And with your help, we’re making real progress.