Today is an exciting day! Yet another country is taking steps to end animal testing! The Switzerland animal testing policy has a proposed change that, if passed, would mean great things for their animal testing policy.
If passed, this motion would change the Switzerland animal testing policy by banning the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients that are newly tested on animals. It is very exciting to see more countries around the world taking steps to reduce and eliminate animal testing altogether.
Humane Society International worked with Switzerland to encourage these changes. Continue reading to view their full press release.
Continue reading Switzerland Animal Testing Laws – First Steps Taken to End Animal Testing!
Recently South Korea launched a bill that would reduce animal testing. While this reduction is worth celebrating, it is being called a ban on animal testing. The truth is that it is not a ban on animal testing. A lot of animal testing will still occur in South Korea and should not be compared to other bans that have been put in place elsewhere in the world.
The bill in South Korea would only ban animal testing in cases were accepted non-animal alternatives are available. This means that if no alternative is available, animal testing can still occur. The bill also exempts several types of ingredients that are often present in cosmetics and skin care – such as preservatives, colorants, and sunscreen chemicals. The South Korea bill would allow ingredients that have been tested on animals to comply with laws to be used. It would also allow items that have been tested on animals to comply with laws in regions outside of South Korea to be sold there.
While this is a great start, it is far from a ban on animal testing in South Korea. The fact that it is being called a ban and is being celebrated as such is very misleading to consumers around the world.
To learn more, continue reading South Korea Animal Testing – Steps Taken to Reduce Testing, but Not All Testing is Banned.
Earlier, Logical Harmony brought you an update about the South Korea Animal Testing Bill Still in Progress. There has been a lot of online press that makes it sound as if this ban on animal testing is farther along in the approval process than it really is. Logical Harmony has been working closely with Humane Society International to make sure you get the truth about the situation about animal testing in South Korea.
Currently, animal testing is still legal in South Korea. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs proposed a phase out of animal testing for finished cosmetic products and ingredients as part of its draft Five Year Plan for Animal Welfare. This caused a lot of media to celebrate that animal testing has been banned. But the truth is that the plan has yet to receive backing from other ministries and is far from being put into effect. Animal testing has not been banned in South Korea. While steps have been taken towards a ban, there is still a lot of work to be done before we celebrate.
Humane Society International is currently in South Korea and meeting with decision-makers there to help turn this proposal into something that is planned.
Read more about the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign Work to End Cosmetics Animal Testing in South Korea!
Working towards an animal testing ban in South Korea has been a huge focus for Humane Society International (HSI) this year. They are currently in South Korea to speak to policy makers about the proposed draft bill and encourage them to make the best decisions for animals.
This press release was very important for me to share because I have been seeing a lot of reports stating that a ban has been approved and a timeline has been put into place. The truth is that a proposed bill has been drafted and nothing has been approved or confirmed.
HSI IN SOUTH KOREA FOR TALKS ON COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING BILL
LONDON (2 March. 2015) – In response to recent reports that South Korea has confirmed a date for a ban on animal testing of cosmetics, Humane Society International issues this statement:
No bill has yet been published or finalised in South Korea and so news releases suggesting otherwise are premature. A draft bill has been proposed, which Humane Society International has seen, but it is still in the discussion phase and in our opinion requires some additional work in order to deliver the robust ban on all cosmetics animal testing that Korean consumers want to see.
HSI’s Global #BeCrueltyFree Campaigns Director Claire Mansfield is in Seoul right now meeting with the lead bill sponsor and other policy makers and regulators, in order to progress the bill in the right direction. It is far too early to welcome a bill that is not yet complete and that does not yet meet all the objectives of ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Welcoming a bill too early is also counter-productive, making it more challenging for those of us engaged in improving bill language to actually achieve the best result for animals.
It is important to spread awareness that the bill has not yet been passed. This keeps the pressure on the decision-makers in South Korea to work towards creating a bill that really makes a change in regards to animal testing. HSI is there to help the decision-makers in South Korea make sure that the final draft of the bill is one that will really make a positive change for the animals.
As consumers, we want these bills to be passed to not only save lives, but also to show other decision-makers world-wide that these bans need to start happening in more countries.
From time to time, I like to share press releases from various animal organizations around the world with Logical Harmony readers. I try to keep these to a minimum and share only the most important items. This press release from Humane Society International is one that I consider to be very important.
Currently, the New Zealand government is under pressure from four of the world’s largest animal organizations to enact a ban on animal testing. Currently, animal testing is not required by law in New Zealand but the country has yet to take official steps to enact a ban on animal testing. An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act has been proposed that would outlaw animal testing.
This proposed act is very important. With more countries enacting bans on animal testing, it is becoming easier to urge other governments to enact similar bans. Continue reading to find out what you can do to help increase the chances of an animal testing ban in New Zealand!
Continue reading for more about how the New Zealand Government is Urged to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing!