As Cruelty Free International campaigns globally to persuade the rest of the world to follow Europe's lead on ending animal cosmetics testing, our Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, is in Korea for high level discussions on the issue in a 3-hour public hearing. The hearing is taking place in the National Assembly with representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Cosmetics Association and leading companies along with our partners, the Korean Animal Welfare Association. Dr Palmer will also be taking part in numerous interviews with the Korean media as public support on this issue increases.
We are delighted to have this opportunity to present our case at this high level meeting in Korea. We have been immensely encouraged by the interest in the implementation of the EU marketing ban from countries around the world. We have received enquiries about the impact from a number of countries, including Korea and Brazil. There is a global trend away from testing on animals and we believe the future lies in the disappearance of these cruel tests for cosmetics, and the European ban reflects that. Cruelty Free International is in discussion with governments, regulators and our partner organizations around the world and we expect to see other countries following Europe’s lead soon.
In 2012, the BUAV established Cruelty Free International, the first global organization dedicated to ending cosmetics animal testing worldwide. We estimate that over 80% of the world still allows animal testing for cosmetics and some countries, notably China, require imported products to be tested on animals before they reach the market. The impact of the EU ban for global companies makes change in other markets much more likely. Cruelty Free International is now building on success achieved in the EU to call on all Governments to end animal testing for cosmetics which will give a level playing field to all companies. In a global market it is important that all countries ban the practice to avoid animal testing simply being moved around the world to those countries with no effective laws.
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