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Turkey bans animal testing of existing cosmetics products. Daily Sabah, July 27, 2015
The new regulation addresses only finished products that have already been introduced to Turkey. Read article.


Humane Cosmetics Act, banning animal testing of cosmetics, re-introduced into US Congress. Humane Society press release, June 23, 2015
The Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA, H.R. 2858) was reintroduced today with bi-partisan Congressional support. It's the same bill introduced into the previous (2013-2014) Congress, but all bills must be re-introduced when a new Congress starts. Read press release.


Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act introduced into Canadian Parliament By Carolyn Pioro, Daily Brew, July 9, 2015
On June 18, 2015, Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen introduced Bill S-234. Similar to the EU's ban, it would ban testing of products and ingredients in Canada, and ban import of products tested on animals or that have ingredients that have been tested on animals. Read article.


Personal Care Products Safety Act, allowing animal testing, introduced into US Senate Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein press release, April 20, 2015
The bill's goal is to address consumer concerns about product safety and labeling. The bill allows current animal testing practices to remain in place. It encourages but doesn't require companies to use alternative methods. Read press release.

New Zealand

New Zealand bans animal testing of cosmetics within New Zealand. By Isaac Davison, NZ Herald, April 1, 2015
No animal testing of cosmetics is currently done within New Zealand, so this was largely a symbolic gesture. The ban doesn't affect imported cosmetics, which are about 90% of the cosmetics in New Zealand. Read article.

European Union

EU Alternatives to Animal Testing Partnership to continue. ChemicalWatch, Feb 12, 2015.
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) will be extended until 2020. This partnership, between the European Commission and seven industry sectors, includes major companies in the cosmetics, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other sectors. The partnership has committed to finding alternatives to animal tests. Read article.

European Union

#BeCrueltyFree campaigners condemn industry's 'greedy' legal bid to weaken EU cosmetics animal testing ban. EU Reporter, Dec 12, 2014.
Humane Society International (HSI) are concerned that the High Court today decided not to dismiss a legal bid by ingredient suppliers to the cosmetics industry to undermine the EU's cosmetics animal testing ban. If ultimately successful, the claim could destroy the EU ban because it would effectively allow a company to test its cosmetics ingredients on animals outside the EU for non-EU regulatory purposes, and still use and sell that ingredient in cosmetics within the EU market. Read article.


Australia one step closer to animal testing ban. Cosmetics Business, Dec 3, 2014.
The Australian Senate has passed a motion in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics. Read article.


Federal ban sought for animal testing of cosmetics. By Frederic Frommer, Associated Press, Nov 15, 2014
Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on the issue in the new US Congress, building on the effort of his predecessor, Jim Moran, now retired. Read article.


Brazil needs a FULL ban on cosmetics animal testing, not a FALSE ban. Opinion piece by Troy Seidle, Humane Society International, Huffington Post, Sept 16, 2014, updated Nov 15, 2014.
Troy Seidle, leader of the global #BeCrueltyFree campaign, gives his view that the bill before the Brazilian Senate failed to close key loopholes and shouldn't pass. "In its [the bill's] current state, it will be a disaster for animals suffering in Brazil's beauty industry." Read opinion piece.


India bans import of cosmetics tested on animals. By Vishwa Mohan, The Times of India, Oct 14, 2014.
Nearly five months after banning cosmetic animal testing within the country, India has now also imposed a ban on importing such products that test on animals and thus become the first country in south Asia to do so. Read article.


China FDA signs MOU with US laboratory to promote non-animal testing methods in China. PR Newswire, June 17, 2014.
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) will collaborate with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to promote in vitro (non-animal) techniques in China. Read press release.


Brazilian MPs vote bill to ban animal testing for cosmetic products. Brazil Beauty News, June 7, 2014
The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies passed a bill that prohibits the laboratory testing on animals for the development of cosmetics. The proposal, which provides for fines for those violating the law, still needs to be voted by the Senate. The ban does not prohibit the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, meaning companies will still be able to test their cosmetics on animals abroad and sell them in Brazil. Be Cruelty-Free Brazil is working to close the loopholes in the final bill. Read article.


Beauty and the beasts: The U.S. should ban testing cosmetics on animals. Opinion piece, by Jim Moran and Paule Locke Scientific American, May 28, 2014.
This opinion piece, by Jim Moran, the Congressman who sponsored the Humane Cosmetics Act, and Paul Locke of Johns Hopkins University, explains the rationale behind the Humane Cosmetics Act. Read opinion.

New Zealand

New Zealand bill introduced to ban animal testing of cosmetics. By Reissa Su, International Business Times, March 21, 2014
The proposed revision in New Zealand's animal welfare laws was introduced by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers which would make animal testing of cosmetics like lipstick or shampoo a criminal offence and punishable by law. Read article.


Humane Cosmetics Act Bill introduced in US Congress. By Abby Penning, Cosmetics & Toiletries, Mar 12, 2014
The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), introduced by Jim Moran (D-VA), would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the United States or to sell cosmetic products tested on animals. Read article.


Leaping Bunny has serious concerns about the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013. Press Release, Jan 27, 2014.
Recently published research shows that up to 11.5 million animals would be required for cosmetics safety testing under this proposed Act. Leaping Bunny believes the passage of this act is the wrong approach, and the United States should instead harmonize its cosmetics laws with those of the European Union, Israel, and India, which prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics. Read press release.


Safety evaluations under the proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal use and cost estimates. By Jean Knight and Costanza Rovida, ALTEX, January 2014.
An analysis estimates this proposed Act will require testing on 1-11.5 million animals over the first 10 years. Read article summary.


Sao Paulo is the first Brazilian state to ban animal testing. By Michelle Yeomans, Cosmetics Design, Jan 27, 2014
The State is the first in Latin America to issue the ban on cosmetics companies based in the area testing both ingredients and finished products on animals. Read article.

European Union

EU bans sale of all animal-tested cosmetics. BBC News, Mar 11, 2013.
A complete ban on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing has taken effect in the EU. The ban applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals was carried out. Read article.


Israel's import ban on animal-tested products goes into effect. By Gabe Fisher, The Times of Israel, Jan 1, 2013.
The new law is similar to a European Union ban, enacted in 2004, and follows a 2007 ban on domestic animal testing in the Israeli cosmetics industry. Read article.

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