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March 10, 2014

Be Cruelty-Free Launches Taiwan Campaign to End Cosmetics Animal Testing

Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan will promote beauty without animal suffering

Humane Society International

  • Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan Launch. TSPCA

TAIPEI — The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is excited to announce the launch of its Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan campaign in partnership with global animal protection organization Humane Society International and cruelty-free retailer LUSH Cosmetics. Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan is part of the largest campaign in the world to end animal testing for cosmetics. Already driving policy change across India, China, South Korea, Oceania, Brazil, Russia, Canada and beyond, Be Cruelty-Free wants to see Taiwan join the ranks of the European Union, Israel and India by introducing a ban on cruel cosmetics animal testing.

Cosmetics regulation in Taiwan requires cosmetics companies to conduct a range of "safety’"tests—including animal tests—for medicated cosmetic products such as sunscreens, and for new chemical ingredients in cosmetics. These tests can include skin and eye irritation, where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of rabbits; and “lethal dose” tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death.

TSPCA Executive Director Connie Chiang said: “Sadly, here in Taiwan, rabbits and other animals still endure unnecessary suffering in outdated cosmetics tests that have been banned in a growing number of countries around the globe. So we are excited to bring the world-renowned Be Cruelty-Free campaign to Taiwan to achieve an end to the suffering. Cruelty-free companies such as LUSH demonstrate every day that you don’t need to hurt animals to produce fabulous, safe cosmetics. Indeed, many of these animal tests are so outdated, that consumer safety would also be better protected by banning the use of animals. So, for the sake of people and animals, we’re urging Taiwan to Be Cruelty-Free!”

Worldwide, hundreds of cosmetics companies avoid new animal testing by using safe, existing ingredients and available non-animal tests.

You can help. Take action and donate to support our efforts to end cosmetics animal testing.

Petula Shen, LUSH Taiwan, said: "Ending cosmetics animal testing is at the heart of LUSH’s ethical policy. We strongly believe cosmetics animal testing is unnecessary and cruel. That’s why we manufacture safe cosmetic products without testing on animals. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign has been instrumental in achieving change for animals around the world, so we are thrilled that the TSPCA and HSI have now launched Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan. We know our customers will give it their full support and we urge everyone in Taiwan to join the Be Cruelty-Free campaign for a world without cosmetics cruelty.”

March 10 starts global Be Cruelty-Free Week. Around the world, HSI and its partners will be raising awareness about the suffering animals endure for the beauty industry.

Claire Mansfield, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaigns Director, said: “We’re launching Be Cruelty-Free Taiwan at an exciting point in our global campaign, when more and more countries around the world are giving serious consideration to consigning cosmetics animal testing to the history books. Beauty without animal cruelty is the way of the future and we want Taiwan to be next.”

Taiwan’s consumers can show their support for an end to cosmetics animal testing in Taiwan and globally by going online and signing a Be Cruelty-Free pledge.

Media contacts:

Connie Chiang  +886(2)-2367-0317 connie.chiang@spca.org.tw

www.spca.org.tw

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

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