Taiwan joins cruelty-free camp as parliament votes to end animal testing by 2019

Taiwan joins cruelty-free camp as parliament votes to end animal testing by 2019

Taiwan has become the latest country to ban the sale of cosmetics products that have been tested on animals. The bill, which was proposed in April last year, was passed by parliament last week.

The legislation will come into force in 2019, amending Taiwan’s Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act to outlaw cosmetic testing for both cosmetics ingredients and end-products.

“The #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign, a partnership between HSI and the Taiwan SPCA, played a decisive role in securing this victory. Representatives from both these organizations worked closely with bill sponsors, legislators Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong, along with key government ministries to advance the legislation. We gained the support of Taiwanese celebrities and launched innovative campaign strategies such as creating an educational video cartoon to play in taxi cabs across Taipei to harness public support for the ban,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society United States.

However, the ban does not extend to imported products. #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan continues to campaign for a total ban on the sale of products recently tested on animals.

 

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