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May 14, 2014

End Animal Testing Campaign Progress: 2014

Humane Society International

  • Posters of Zhu Zhu are helping raise awareness in China.

  • Supermodel Fernanda Taveres met with Brazilian officials. HSI

  • #BeCrueltyFree supporters celebrate in China. HSI

  • HSI's Alokparna Sengupta with India's Deputy Drug Controller General. HSI

  • Australian Senators pass a motion in support of ending cruel animal testing for cosmetics. HSI

HSI is working to prevent millions of animals from suffering and dying in laboratories around the world. Here are some highlights from our End Animal Testing campaign:

December 2014: The Australian Senate passed a motion in support of ending cruel animal testing for cosmetics.

December 2014: Introduced professional makeup artist, Cait Mizzi, as the #BeCrueltyFree Canada Beauty Ambassador. Cait joined the campaign to spread awareness and show how easy it is to #BeCrueltyFree.

November 2014: "True Blood" Actress Kristin Bauer urged Canadians to Leave Cosmetics Cruelty on the Shelf for Christmas. 

November 2014: Singer Anna Coddington joined the #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand campaign for a ban on testing cosmetics on animals.

October 2014: Victory! HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign made history as India banned the import of animal-tested cosmetics.

October 2014: #BeCrueltyFree Australia met with key Liberal Senator Anne Ruston to discuss her interest in a cosmetics testing ban and sign a BCF pledge card.

October 2014: Victory! The European Union took steps to incorporate changes proposed by HSI into its chemical safety law. These changes will prevent the deaths of millions of animals by replacing obsolete rabbit eye and skin irritation tests with modern alternatives.

October 2014: Victory for #BeCrueltyFree India! The government of India published notification to prohibit import of animal-tested cosmetics in India.

October 2014: TV's Phoebe Dykstra asked politicians to Have a Heart for Animals, ban cosmetics animal testing.

September 2014: Secured a relationship with fashion label Vaute Couture to design a t-shirt supporting #BeCrueltyFree Canada.

September 2014: Rock legend Brian May lent his support to #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand and celebs Kate Nash, Leona Lewis and hundreds of HSI supporters took to social media to support #BeCrueltyFree to mark International Rabbit Day.

September 2014: #BeCrueltyFree bill to ban cosmetics testing on animals was submitted for the first reading in Taiwan’s legislative Yuan.

September 2014: EU countries backed HSI’s call to replace outdated test with modern alternatives that promise to spare hundreds of thousands of animals from chemical poisoning in the coming years.

September 2014: Former MuchMusic VJ Phoebe Dykstra signed on in support of #BeCrueltyFree Canada.

August 2014: #BeCrueltyFree India recruited the Deputy Drug Controller of India to represent India at the Cosmetics session at the 9th World Congress in Prague.

August 2014: Ethical Canadian retailers Batty’s Bath, FACED signed on in support of #BeCrueltyFree Canada.

August 2014: The #BeCrueltyFree team attended the 9th World Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing.

August 2014: “Lost Girl” star Emmanuelle Vaugier signed on in support of #BeCrueltyFree Canada and tweeted “I’m an angry bunny because Canada still allows animal testing for cosmetics.”

July 2014: Ethical Canadian retailers Black Sheep Organics, Black Sheep Laquer along with Elephant in the Room signed on in support of #BeCrueltyFree Canada.

July 2014: Meg Mathews and Anais Gallagher (ex-wife and daughter of Oasis lead singer Noel Gallagher) lent their support to #BeCrueltyFree.

July 2014: #BeCrueltyFree Australia met with Health Minister regarding ending cosmetics animal testing through a revision to the Industrial Chemicals Act.

July 2014: The European Commission heeded HSI’s call to remove the requirement for companies to test thousands of chemicals in cruel "lethal dose" skin tests. This move was a product of more than 2 years of heavy lobbying, including a scientific publication by HSI and the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods that showed that the lethal skin test adds no value to chemical safety assessment in an overwhelming 99.9 percent of cases.

June 2014: Presented to the 2014 meeting of the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (authorities from EU, USA, Canada, Japan, China & Brazil).

June 2014: Top-level meeting with India’s new Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare to hand over more than 70,000 signatures in support of an import ban on animal-tested cosmetics.

June 2014: Scientific thought leaders from government, a academia and industry worldwide joined HSI as co-authors of a new publication calling for a new human biology-based approach to bioscience research.

June 2014: Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies endorsed a bill to establish a country-wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

June 2014: China ended mandatory animal testing for domestically produced cosmetics.

May 2014: Following many months of lobbying by Be Cruelty-Free India, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced a draft notification to ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals abroad.

May 2014: Thanks to an $80,000 grant from HSI, the HSUS and the HSLF, scientists in China were trained by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences in how to use state-of-the-art in vitro methods to test cosmetics instead of using live animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

April 2014: Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Tavares was named ambassador for the Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

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March 2014: Hollywood actress Jenna Dewan Tatum starred in a Be Cruelty-Free USA billboard campaign in Los Angeles.

March 2014: Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais once again gave his support to the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, urging citizens to support legislative bills in Australia and the United States.

March 2014: Be Cruelty-Free USA, led by the Humane Society of the United States, welcomed Congressman Jim Moran’s Humane Cosmetics Bill to ban animal testing of cosmetics in the U.S.

March 2014: In a joint open letter, 28 cosmetics companies from across New Zealand issued a plea to Prime Minster John Key to ban animal testing for cosmetics in New Zealand.

March 2014: Film actress and former MTV China host Zhu Zhu was named Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador and unveiled a striking new poster in support of the campaign to end cosmetics animal testing in China.

March 2014: Following Be Cruelty-Free New Zealand campaigning, New Zealand Green Party MP Mojo Mathers introduced revisions to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act that required the government to consider a ban on cosmetic animal testing.

March 2014: Following more than a year of campaigning by Be Cruelty-Free Australia, Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced a bill (the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill) to end cosmetics animal testing in Australia.

March 2014: In an open letter, 17 high-ranking Brazilian and international scientists expressed their support for a nationwide ban on all cosmetic tests on animals in Brazil.

March 2014: Politicians from across political parties signed our Be Cruelty-Free Australia pledge in support of a national ban on cosmetics animal testing.

March 2014: Be Cruelty-Free Japan launched in Tokyo to end cosmetics animal testing and promote beauty without suffering.

March 2014: Our Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign presented the Brazilian government with thousands of petitions calling for a cosmetics animal testing ban.

March 2014: Jona Weinhofen of I Killed the Prom Queen starred in a Be Cruelty-Free Australia photo shoot in support of banning cosmetics animal testing.

March 2014: Hip Canadian makeup brand Lippy Girl became the latest partner to join our Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end cosmetics animal testing in Canada and worldwide.

March 2014: Some of the most popular and influential cruelty-free beauty bloggers on the Web came together in a Be Cruelty-Free Video Appeal to end cosmetics animal testing.

March 2014: Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan was launched, a partnership between HSI, the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and LUSH Cosmetics.

March 2014: Celebrity makeup artist Justine Jenkins was named Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Ambassador.

March 2014: Supermodel Fernanda Tavares, actress Giselle Itié and Brazilian It-girl Fiorella Mattheis launched a personal video message for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign urging Brazil to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick and shampoo.

March 2014: Around the world, we launched our second annual Be Cruelty-Free Week to shine a spotlight on animal suffering for the cosmetics industry.

January 2014: India’s Union Health Ministry adopted a draft legislative rule to finalize India’s ban on animals for cosmetics.

January 2014: Governor Geraldo Alckmin signed a bill prohibiting cosmetics testing on animals in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

January 2014: Actress and model Liv Lo joined the Be Cruelty-Free campaign and spoke movingly about why she wants to see an end to cruel animal testing of cosmetics throughout Asia and the world. Our Be Cruelty-Free campaign was recognized by Asia for Animals for its leading contributions to ending cosmetics cruelty across the region.

See a list of End Animal Testing campaign victories for 2013

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