October 25, 2016
The #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign, a partnership
between Humane Society International and the Taiwan SPCA, played a decisive
role in securing this victory
Taiwan has become the second major market in Southeast Asia to take a
stand against cosmetics cruelty with a vote last week to ban animal testing
in the beauty industry. With this new policy, more than 1.7 billion
consumers in 34 global markets have directly felt the effects of Humane
Society International's #BeCrueltyFree campaign.
The approved legislation, which goes into effect in 2019, will amend
Taiwan's Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act and ban cosmetic animal testing
for both finished products and cosmetic ingredients. Taiwan now joins the
likes of the European Union, Norway, Israel, India, New Zealand, Turkey, and
South Korea in ending the cruel practice of blinding, poisoning, and killing
animals in the name
of beauty. The vote also reflects growing public opinion worldwide that
shows overwhelming support for global
bans on cosmetics animal testing and for decisive action to replace it
with non-animal alternatives.
Animal welfare advocates have been
working for decades to end the testing of makeup and personal care products
on animals. The #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign, a partnership between HSI
and the Taiwan SPCA, played a decisive role in securing this victory.
Representatives from both these organizations worked closely with bill
sponsors, legislators Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong, along with key
government ministries to advance the legislation. We gained the support of Taiwanese
celebrities and launched innovative campaign strategies such as creating
an educational video
cartoon to play in taxi cabs across Taipei to harness public support for
This is significant progress, but much work remains.
Although this victory in Taiwan is an important step in the growing
international movement away from animal testing of cosmetics, Taiwanese
consumers will still be able to buy cosmetics cruelly tested on animals if
the product is imported from other countries. #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan will continue
to campaign for an end to the import and sale of newly animal tested
Legislation to both end cosmetics animal testing and the
sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics is pending in numerous countries
around the globe, including the United States, Canada,
We hope this victory in Taiwan, and a recent pledge
by the Australian government to end cosmetics cruelty by July 2017, will
inspire legislatures around the globe to show similar leadership and put a
swift end to cosmetics cruelty worldwide.
You can help us by signing
the petition to stop the sale of beauty products tested on animals, and
joining our Facebook
community. If you live outside the United States, sign
our international petition or find us on Facebook.
You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BeCrueltyFree.