As the only country in the world that legally required animal testing for cosmetics since 2012, China has played a major opposing role in the ongoing battle against animal cruelty. Companies such as Avon and Estée Lauder (who own MAC, Smashbox, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown etc), have even altered their prior no-animal testing policy in order to sell in the country.
On Monday, June 30th, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration has officially stopped requiring animal tests on ‘ordinary cosmetics,’ including make up, fragrances, skin, hair and nail care products!
Troy Seidle, the director of research & toxicology at the Humane Society International, warns that this is only the first step to end animal testing in China. Unfortunately, the new rule will not apply to imported or special-use products, including hair dyes, sunscreen, deodorant etc. Also, Post-market animal testing, which occurs after a product is released into the market, is not illegal and “Chinese authorities have confirmed to us that post-market animal testing will probably increase… It’s important to recognise this as the first step in what we hope will be China’s journey towards ending all cosmetics cruelty.”
Nevertheless, the is an enormous victory that will hopefully be the beginning of a full ban on cosmetic testing. On Sunday, hundreds of Be Cruelty Free campaigners took to the streets of Dalian to celebrate this momentous win.
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