Lab Rats, Rejoice!

I’m only a bit late, but New Zealand has passed a ban on animal testing for all purposes besides medicine! It’s a partial win but a win none the less for our small friends being tortured for things like shampoos and makeup and bleach, when there are many other alternatives to these cruel methods that don’t involve exploiting animals.

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Thankfully, they’re not even the only country to pass this ban.

Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned throughout the 28 countries of the European Union since 2009. Thanks in large part to HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, the EU also banned the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients subject to new animal testing after March 2013. Israel imposed a testing and a sales ban in 2007 and 2013, respectively. And following a vibrant campaign by our #BeCrueltyFree India team, India also introduced a national test ban in 2013. Most recently our #BeCrueltyFree Brazil team congratulated the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo for introducing a complete cosmetics animal testing ban in January 2014, and #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand achieved a national cosmetics animal testing ban in 2015!

However, cosmetics animal testing remains legal in most other countries. Although many countries don’t expressly require such testing, as it is not prohibited it continues to take place at the discretion of cosmetics companies and ingredient suppliers. Thanks to our #BeCrueltyFree campaign teams around the world, we now have legislative bills for a ban under consideration in Australia, Brazil, Taiwan and the United States.

Source: Humane Society

Animal testing has always been an unnecessary evil. It doesn’t give us any useful information, as the animals they test on aren’t similar to us in really any way that counts medically. This was proven when scientists found a way to cure cancer in rats but not the human body. Monkeys are sometimes used for testing, though not as commonly and banned in the UK. The fight for the ban on on chimp testing is ongoing.

The fact of the matter is ALL animals should be safe from animal testing, even if we got results from it that could help humans- there are many people willing to be paid to be tested on or to use their cells to grow human tissue to replace that of a non-human animals.

You can take the global pledge to be cruelty free, and learn more about how to stand up for lab animals.

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