Worldwide, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats are routinely
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.
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!
using proven non-animal safety tests
Artificial human tissue grown in the lab has proved better than tests on rabbits in predicting skin irritation in people
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!
Europe, the world’s largest cosmetic market, Israel and India have already banned animal testing for cosmetics, and the sale or import 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.
BAN ON ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS + BAN ON SELLING NEWLY ANIMAL-TESTED COSMETICS
COUNTRIES WHERE BCF IS ACTIVE
POLL DATA: PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR A NATIONAL COSMETICS TESTING BAN
Petitioning the government to introduce a national ban on cosmetics animal testing.
São Paulo cosmetics animal testing ban in January 2014; national ban under discussion; national guidelines revised to increase acceptance of non-animal test methods.
Working with politicians to amend Canada’s Food and Drugs Act to ban animal testing for cosmetics.
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).
National cosmetics animal testing ban in June 2013, and an import ban effective November 2014.
Initiated a high-level dialogue with political, regulatory and corporate stakeholders toward a national testing ban.
Pressing for a cosmetics animal testing ban as part of ongoing revisions to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act.
Government acceptance of non-animal test methods following a practical training course for regulators, co-funded by HSI.
$155 million government commitment to build national alternative testing center; regulatory acceptance of non-animal test results for medicated cosmetics.
Working with politicians on national legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics.
Leading efforts to support federal legislation that will phase-out animal testing and prohibit the import of animal tested cosmetics.