creating a
cruelty-free world

Ending Animal Testing for Cosmetics

An Ugly Secret

Lurking in the beauty industry


Worldwide, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats are routinely

Blinded
Posioned
Killed

to test new cosmetic products and their ingredients



All to make NEW & IMPROVED claims or to sell in markets that require animal testing.

It’s still legal in 80% of countries.

In CHINA alone, an estimated 300,000 animals die each year in cosmetic tests.

more than 500 beauty brands*

from around the world are recognized as cruelty-free


Meaning These Innovative Companies:


Don’t conduct or commission new animal testing

Only use new ingredients when human safety can be established without animal testing

Don’t sell cosmetic products in countries requiring animal testing

HOW DO THEY DO IT?

using existing, safe ingredients


Companies can create fabulous, new CRUELTY-FREE products by choosing from more than 5,000 established ingredients— no animal testing needed!

Polish

using proven non-animal safety tests



Artificial Tissue

Artificial human tissue grown in the lab has proved better than tests on rabbits in predicting skin irritation in people

Test Tube

A modern test tube method can distinguish toxic from non-toxic cosmetic ingredients without cruel animal-poisoning experiments

* North America: leapingbunny.org, Australia: choosecrueltyfree.org.au, New Zealand: safeshopper.co.nz, Korea: ekara.org

Modern science is replacing last century’s animal tests with kinder, faster, better tools for consumer safety.

Humane innovation — a win-win for consumers, companies and animals!

Gaining Worldwide Momentum


Europe, the world’s largest cosmetic market, and Israel have already banned animal testing for cosmetics, and the sale of newly animal-tested beauty products. In most countries, animal testing is neither required nor prohibited for ordinary cosmetics like makeup and shampoo. But some countries regulate products such as sunscreens, hair dyes, and toothpaste as “medicated” cosmetics or pharmaceutical drugs, which can mean mandatory animal testing.

Be Cruelty-Free—the largest campaign in history to end cosmetics animal testing—is leading the charge worldwide, working with governments, companies, scientists, and the public to usher in the next wave of legal reforms. Together, we can create a world where no animal — anywhere — is ever made to suffer for the sake of beauty.

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World Map
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BAN ON ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS + BAN ON SELLING NEWLY ANIMAL-TESTED COSMETICS

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COUNTRIES WHERE BCF IS ACTIVE

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POLL DATA: PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR A NATIONAL COSMETICS TESTING BAN

Cruelty-Free Progress Around the World


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Australia

Petitioning the government to introduce a national ban on cosmetics animal testing.

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Brazil

São Paulo cosmetics animal testing ban in January 2014; national ban under discussion; national guidelines revised to increase acceptance of non-animal test methods.

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Canada

Working with politicians to amend Canada’s Food and Drugs Act to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

China

China

Regulations changed to end animal testing requirements for cosmetics manufactured in China (we’re now working to extend this exemption to foreign imports as well).

India

India

National cosmetics animal testing ban in June 2013, and a sales ban is currently under development by the government.

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Japan

Initiated a high-level dialogue with political, regulatory and corporate stakeholders toward a national testing ban.

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New Zealand

Pressing for a cosmetics animal testing ban as part of ongoing revisions to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act.

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Russia

Government acceptance of non-animal test methods following a practical training course for regulators, co-funded by HSI.

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South Korea

$155 million government commitment to build national alternative testing center; regulatory acceptance of non-animal test results for medicated cosmetics.

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Taiwan

Working to educate politicians and the public on the importance of ending animal testing for cosmetics.

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United States

Leading efforts to support federal legislation that will phase-out animal testing and prohibit the import of animal tested cosmetics.

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