Taiwan urged to join Asia’s trend of banning animal testing of cosmetics

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Be Cruelty-Free campaigners from the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) are urging Taiwan legislators to take decisive action to join Asia’s growing trend toward banning animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients as Vietnam and China make inroads in the Cruelty-Free Movement, according to a press release of the TSPCA.

The TSPCA says it marks a hugely significant milestone in China’s journey toward ending cosmetics testing on animals, and should encourage countries like Taiwan and South Korea to end such testing too.   Testing cosmetics on rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals is already banned throughout the European Union, Norway, Israel and India. Thanks to Be Cruelty-Free campaigning, there are also legislative bills for a test and/or sales ban in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and the United States. But now countries across Asia are also moving toward cruelty-free cosmetics. This month India proposed to strengthen its test ban with a ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics too, and the Vietnam government announced a complete ban on the Draize rabbit eye test for cosmetics. Now, China has removed mandatory animal testing for domestically produced cosmetics, its first cosmetics regulatory change in more than 20 years, stated the TSPCA.