China is reportedly making moves to end cosmetic animal testing

Yvonne O'Halloran

Animal right groups have been campaigning for cosmetic testing on animals to be ended in China for a long time, however, recent reports indicate that progress may finally be being made in the country.

Humane Society International (HSI) has explained that from the beginning of next year, most imported ordinary cosmetics such as perfume, shampoo and makeup products could be exempt from animal testing procedures.

If the proposed new regulations were to pass into law, this would be a hugely positive move for animal rights, avoiding a great deal of cruelty.

Troy Seidle, the vice president of research and toxicology at HSI has stated that:

All the language is encouraging.”

“The signals are very strong, there’s no reason to believe we’re not on that trajectory,”

Currently, China conducts three cosmetic tests on animals per ordinary product. One is for eye irritation and two are for skin irritation, using three rabbits for each test. By ending this cruel testing, thousands of lives could potentially be saved each year.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom



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