28th June 2016
Cosmetics testing bans in Australia and Taiwan move forward
Proposed bans on animal testing for cosmetics make progress in Australia and Taiwan
The Australian government has announced plans to ban new cosmetics that have been tested on animals. The new policy will be put into effect from next year if the current government is re-elected. The ban will apply to the sale of cosmetics products and ingredients that have been tested on animals, as well as the testing of finished cosmetics products on animals. Plans to implement a cosmetics testing ban in Australia have been supported by Cruelty Free International since the proposed Bill by Australian Green Senator Lee Rhiannon in 2014.
In Taiwan, another country to move towards a cosmetics animal testing ban, the Social Welfare, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee has approved the first reading of a proposed ban on animal testing for finished cosmetics products and ingredients. There will be a three year transition period as the ban comes into effect. The proposal comes two years after Cruelty Free International visited Taiwan to deliver a ground-breaking scientific report on the alternatives to animal tests. The report, a roadmap designed to help governments, politicians, regulators and cosmetics manufacturers across the world switch to alternatives to animal testing, describes the alternatives available and explains how they are more reliable, faster and cheaper than the animal tests they replace.
In 2012, Cruelty Free International joined forces with the Body Shop to launch a global pledge and help end the use of animals to test cosmetics. One million people in over 65 countries signed a petition produced by Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop, calling for a worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics and ingredients.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “We welcome the progress of the cosmetics testing ban in both Australia and Taiwan, two significant global markets. Having worked hard to see changes to legislation in the Asia and Australasia regions, we are delighted that both countries agree the time has now come to end animal tests for cosmetics. We are witnessing a snowball effect since the EU banned cosmetics testing on animals in 2013. Regulators across the world are now considering whether they need to change as well. The more countries that eliminate animal testing, the stronger the pressure on other countries not to be left behind. Especially since companies that still carry out tests on animals will be unable to market in Europe."