The sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials
tested on animals will be illegal as of midnight Monday night, under a law
passed in 2010. The Health Ministry said it would crack down on importers
who violate the law, but did not offer specifics.
"This law is a
genuine revolution in the field of animal rights in Israel," said MK Eitan
Cabel (Labor ), who heads the Knesset caucus for animal rights. "We came a
long way in the last Knesset regarding attitude changes in this matter."
In practice, animal-tested products that are already on store shelves
will not be removed by year's end, but importers will be required to get
permits from the Health Ministry for every cosmetic or cleaning product they