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China Changes To Save Thousands Of Animals From Experimentation

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RIGHTS) CHINA — After two long years of lobbying from Humane Society International’s Be-Cruelty Free China campaign, animal testing for certain cosmetics will no longer be a requirement in the country.

As of June 30, animal testing for cosmetics made and sold in China is no longer a prerequisite. China was the only country that still legally required all cosmetic companies to test their products on animals, and this landmark decision will save up to 10,000 bunnies, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals every year.

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Rabbit cut-outs at the Cruelty-Free celebration in China. Photo Credit: Humane Society International

Peter Li, PhD, HSI’s China policy adviser, said:

“This is an important first step for China in moving away from cruel and unreliable animal testing for cosmetics. Our Be Cruelty-Free campaign has worked hard to achieve this milestone, but we know much work remains before we eliminate all cosmetics animal testing in China, so we are not resting on our laurels. In making this rule change, China is acknowledging the global trend towards cruelty-free cosmetics, and that’s hugely significant.”

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Campaigners hold life-sized rabbit cut-outs. Photo Credit: Humane Society International

To celebrate this historic move, Be Cruelty-Free campaigners will wear bunny ears in Dalian over the weekend. The celebration will include a street event with banners and 100 life-sized cut-outs of rabbits (pictured above).

A letter signed by HSI and more than 20 Chinese animal protection groups will also be sent to the China FDA in Beijing, welcoming the rule change.

Li also said:

“We know that many cruelty-free companies will be keen to sell in China, but they need to be cautious. China will almost certainly increase its post-market surveillance testing, so I’m afraid for the time being it is impossible for a cruelty-free company to manufacture and sell in China without the risk that its products will be dripped in a rabbit’s eyes or forced down a mouse’s throat. We’re determined to end all such suffering, and this rule change is a step in the right direction, but we’re not there yet.”

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China celebrates its compassionate decision. Photo Credit: Humane Society International

Humane Society International outlines what this move means for the future of animal testing in the list below:

  • Foreign imported ordinary cosmetics – will still require animal testing
  • Domestically produced ordinary cosmetics – will no longer require animal testing
  • Foreign imported & domestically produced ‘specialist’ cosmetics – will still require animal testing
  • Domestically produced ordinary cosmetics for foreign export only – have never required animal testing
  • Any cosmetic bought in China via a foreign e-commerce website – has never required animal testing
  • Post-market animal testing – will still continue on an ad hoc basis for domestic/foreign, ordinary/specialist cosmetics

Be Cruelty-Free is the largest campaign of its kind in the world, leading efforts in countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, and the U.S.

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— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal

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