Switzerland Officially Bans Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals
While Switzerland’s ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics was implemented right before 2017, it is still great news to celebrate early on in the new year. According to Cruelty Free International, the Swiss Federal Council had announced in March of 2016 that it would “ban the marketing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad,” and in December of 2016, that law was officially enacted.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, stated:
“We are delighted that Switzerland will no longer allow cosmetics for which animals have suffered to be sold in the country. This move is the next step in our 20-year campaign to end cruel animal testing everywhere and forever. With no similar measures in place, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and the US are falling behind. It is time for every government to step up and do the right thing.”
While many countries, as Thew points out, are “falling behind,” Taiwan recently passed legislation to end animal testing by 2019, Bill S-214, a cruelty-free cosmetics act, passed its second reading in the Canadian Senate, the Dutch government announced its plan to eliminate animal safety testing by 2025, and China may adopt an animal-free cosmetics testing method.
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