January 2, 2013
HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Hails Israeli Sales Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics “Truly Historic”
Humane Society International, on behalf of our partners in the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end cosmetics animal testing, cautiously welcomed the enactment of a new law banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in Israel. Such animal testing has been banned in Israel’s own laboratories since 2007 but implementation of the sales ban from 1 January 2013 means that Israel has possibly become the world’s first cruelty-free cosmetics market.
The journey to ending cosmetics cruelty has been far swifter in Israel than the European Union. A regulation prohibiting the sale of animal-tested products was passed in 2010 and has now come into full effect just two years later. By contrast, legislation to ban animal-tested cosmetics in the EU was originally adopted twenty years ago in 1993 and scheduled to come into force in 1998 but its implementation was repeatedly delayed over successive years until finally—following a high-profile campaign by Humane Society International and others—the ban will be enforced once and for all on 11 March 2013.
"The end of animal testing for cosmetics has come a step closer today," said Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International. "Whilst we commend Israel for taking this truly historic action, strict enforcement of the law alongside active assistance from cosmetic companies, will now be vital. HSI's Be Cruelty-Free campaign is working in India, Brazil, South Korea, the United States and beyond to achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics. Once the EU enforces its own sales ban in March, the creation of these two cruelty-free markets will be a significant milestone towards achieving our goal."
Animal testing for cosmetics still takes place in many countries. Animals such as rabbits, mice and guinea pigs have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their sensitive skin or force-fed directly into their stomachs. HSI believes that testing cosmetics on animals is both unethical and unnecessary because companies can use and reformulate existing ingredients to create innovative new products.