While there have been many small updates about South Korea in the past, this week a great step towards a ban on cosmetic animal testing in South Korea was taken. A law was passed that will help reduce animal testing for cosmetics in South Korea! This is not a full ban on animal testing for cosmetics but is a great step in the right direction. It will help to reduce the amount of cosmetics animal testing being conducted and will raise awareness to the idea that animals do not to be tested on in order for cosmetics to be safe.
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Consumers in Japan are currently urging the Japanese government to take a step towards ending animal testing. With help from Humane Society International, a grassroots campaign has started. Considering the other bans that have gone into place around the globe, it’s exciting to see this happening in more countries!
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In March of 2014,bill H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act was proposed in the United States. This act was proposed towards the end of the government year and was unable to gain the leverage and support it needed to move forward in 2014. Now, over a year later, the Humane Cosmetics Act has received a reboot with new political support and organization support. Hopefully, this is what is needed to move the Humane Cosmetics Act foward and make changes to the animal testing laws in the United States!
Here’s what you need to know about the Humane Cosmetics Act:
- The Humane Cosmetics Act was originally introduced by U.S. Representative Jim Moran, D-West Virginia. This legislation is now sponsored by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Don Beyer, D-Va., Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would end animal testing for cosmetics after a one-year phase.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would phase out the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in three years.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would make it illegal for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
- If passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, would prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.
- The Humane Cosmetics Act, like other Acts and bans around the world, would only regulate companies in the United States and would not impact them in international markets. Brands sold in the US could still sell in markets, such as China, where post-market animal testing is required by law.
Seeing the Humane Cosmetics Act be revived is amazing!! I personally was shocked at how long it was stagnant and am thrilled to see politicians in both political parties and groups like Humane Society International getting involved. Animal testing is unnecessary and outdated. Changes need to happen in the US to work towards a ban on animal testing.
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It was just announced that Canada has taken the first steps to end animal testing. A bill has been launched that would ban cosmetics animal testing! Through working with Humane Society International and their #BeCrueltyFree program, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen has launched the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.
Here is what you need to know about the proposed Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act –
- This act would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics in Canada.
- This act would prohibit the sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals.
- This act would prohibit the sale of cosmetic ingredients that have been newly tested on animals.
- It also prohibits animal testing that occurs in other parts of the world, not just in Canada.
- Brands sold in Canada can still sell in markets, such as China, where post-market animal testing is required by law.
This is another amazing step towards ending animal testing worldwide!
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With the recent exciting news that the Taiwan animal testing laws may be changing, I wanted to work with Humane Society International to dig a little deeper into things. I was having a hard time finding detailed information that was easily available online, so I reached out and was able to set up an exclusive Q&A all about the potential new changes in Taiwan that could ban animal testing.
Claire Mansfield, a Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Director, was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer the questions I had about these changes, and the questions I knew readers of Logical Harmony would have too. In this Q&A I ask about what inspired the change, what is helping it move forward, and how it may impact brands selling in Taiwan and internationally.
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