7th November 2016
Taiwan votes to end animal testing by 2019
Taiwan becomes latest country to ban animal testing for cosmetics
Taiwan has joined the growing list of countries to ban cosmetic products from being tested on animals. The ban, part of a new bill proposed in April last year, was passed by parliament in Taiwan last week.
The legislation, which comes into effect in 2019, bans both testing of finished products, and their ingredients. The bill, introduced by legislators Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong, updates Taiwan’s existing Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act. Companies in Taiwan now have until 2019 to comply with the new law.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, said: “We are delighted that Taiwan will no longer allow animals to suffer for cosmetics. This latest development is the next chapter in finally consigning cruel animal testing for cosmetics to the global history books.
But while we celebrate this achievement, the hard work doesn’t stop yet. We won’t rest until no more animals are forced to endure painful tests for beauty and personal care products anywhere in the world. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and the US must now step up, follow Taiwan’s example, and do the right thing.”
The new law brings Taiwan in line with more than 30 other countries across the world where Cruelty Free International has helped to launch similar bans, including EU member states, India and New Zealand.