January 1, 2013
End Animal Testing Campaign Progress - 2013
Humane Society International is fighting to save more than 100 million animals from suffering and death in laboratories around the world. Here are some recent highlights from our global End Animal Testing campaign:
December 2013: South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced a policy proposal to formally recognize non-animal test results for “functional” cosmetics, a significant milestone for Be Cruelty-Free in South Korea.
December 2013: India's Dr. Ajay Kumar, former police superintendent and current Member of Parliament, called on the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to stop animal-tested cosmetics from being imported and sold in India.
December 2013: India's Drug Technical Advisory Board formally recommended a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics, marking a major milestone for Humane Society International/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign.
November 2013: Barry M—the United Kingdom’s leading colour cosmetics brand—pledged support for our global Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics.
November 2013: Less than five months after the launch of HSI’s groundbreaking Be Cruelty-Free China campaign, China's Food & Drug Administration announced that from June 2014, China planned to remove its mandatory animal test requirements for domestically manufactured cosmetic products.
October 2013: Australian skincare company MooGoo pledged support to the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, refusing to sell in China while animal testing is required.
October 2013: 150 Federal Parliamentarians united and signed our Be Cruelty Free pledge for a ban on cosmetics animal testing in Brazil.
October 2013: Be Cruelty-Free Korea welcomed news that Korea was to build its first Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing, achieving a major BCF campaign goal.
October 2013: Our Be Cruelty-Free India campaign delivered an 11,000-strong petition to the Drug Controller calling for India to ban the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics.
September 2013: Actor Owain Yeoman and singer Leona Lewis celebrated International Rabbit Day with us to highlight the suffering of rabbits and other animals used in cosmetics tests.
September 2013: China announced a revision of its main cosmetics regulation, providing an opportunity for Be Cruelty Free to contribute scientific expertise in the science of non-animal safety testing and to encourage China to end cosmetics animal testing.
August 2013: The Australian Labor Party pledged to support a ban on the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients.
July 2013: Bindhu Pamarthi, Miss D.C. 2013, supported Be Cruelty-Free USA in an effort to end animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.
July 2013: Bollywood Heartthrob Kunal Kapoor called on India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare to ban the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.
June 2013: Be Cruelty-Free celebrated a victory as India declared a historic ban on cosmetics animal testing.
May 2013: Canadian Member of Parliament Dr Hedy Fry joined us in calling on Canada to Be Cruelty-Free.
April 2013: Victory! Revised European testing requirements for pesticides reflected life-saving reduction measures put forward by HSI that will spare countless dogs, rabbits and other small animals from horrific suffering and death.
March 2013: Victory! Europe became the world's largest cruelty-free cosmetics zone. HSI and our partners launched the first annual Be Cruelty-Free Week with public events, celebrity sign-ons and opinion polling revealing strong support for ending cosmetics animal testing in all regions.
February 2013: Political pressure from HSI's Be Cruelty-Free campaign led India's Drug Controller to issue a directive to eliminate animal tests for cosmetics.
February 2013: HSI and our Korean partner rallied government, corporate and public support for ending cosmetics animal testing, including legislator Moon Jeong-Lim.