May 16, 2016
Taiwan #BeCrueltyFree Bill Introduced to End Cosmetics Animal Testing and Trade
Developed in cooperation with Taiwan SPCA and Humane Society International
TAIPEI — New legislation has been proposed in Taiwan by Legislator Wang YuMin which would ban cosmetic animal testing as well as the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that have been newly animal tested elsewhere in the world. The proposed amendments to Taiwan’s Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act are part of the largest campaign in history to end cosmetics animal testing and trade globally, #BeCrueltyFree.
The #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign led by Taiwan SPCA and Humane Society International welcomes the introduction of this legislation as a key opportunity to rid Taiwan of cosmetics cruelty. Recent opinion polling commissioned by the TSPCA shows that 69.2 per cent of Taiwanese consumers want to see cosmetics animal testing banned, and 76.5 per cent believe animals shouldn't suffer in name of beauty.
Legislator Wang YuMin stated: “In 2009 the EU, the world’s largest cosmetics market, banned cosmetics animal testing, and in 2013 banned the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. In recent years, Israel, India and New Zealand have also passed similar legislation. Only by implementing this ban can the welfare and rights of the animals used in cosmetic testing be protected here in Taiwan.”
Taiwan SPCA & #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign coordinator Joy Liou said: “The #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign is delighted to have worked with Legislator Wang to launch this bill. Testing cosmetics on animals causes them pain and suffering, for test results that have never been proven reliable to assure human safety and don’t represent modern science. Taiwan’s consumers will be better protected by banning these cruel and outdated tests.It’s time for Taiwan to join the #BeCrueltyFree movement and end this unnecessary suffering.”
Claire Mansfield, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaigns director based in London said: “Legislator Wang has shown great leadership in introducing this legislation and taking a stand against cruel cosmetics. We look forward to quick action by the Taiwanese government to pass this important legislation and end cosmetics cruelty in Taiwan.”
Passage of the legislation would bring Taiwan in line with more than 30 countries – home to more than 1.7 billion consumers – that have already joined the #BeCrueltyFree movement. The world’s largest cosmetics market, the European Union, together with Norway, Israel, India, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey and several states in Brazil, have enacted full or partial bans on animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. Similar legislation is currently pending in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Argentina and elsewhere under the leadership of #BeCrueltyFree campaign teams in these countries.
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