Leg­is­la­tor, SPCA launch bill to end an­i­mal testing of cos­met­ics

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Kuom­intang ( KMT) Leg­is­la­tor Wang Yu-min ( ) and the Tai­wan SPCA, ad­vo­cat­ing the #BeCru­el­tyFree Tai­wan cam­paign, launched a bill yes­ter­day at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan to ban an­i­mal testing of cos­met­ics in the coun­try.

A new opin­ion poll com­mis­sioned by the SPCA shows that 69.2 per­cent of Tai­wanese con­sumers want to see an­i­mal testing of cos­met­ics banned, and 76.5 per­cent be­lieve an­i­mals shouldn’t suf­fer in name of beauty.

An i ncreas­ing num­ber of coun­tries around the world have banned the use of an­i­mals in cos­met­ics testing, in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Union, Nor­way, Is­rael, In­dia and New Zealand, the SPCA stated.

Wang and the #BeCru­el­tyFree cam­paign are hop­ing Tai­wan will be next to end an­i­mal suf­fer­ing due to cos­met­ics testing. Wang, along with the Tai­wan SPCA and Taipei Rab­bit So­ci­ety As­so­ci­a­tion, called upon the gov­ern­ment to act quickly in pass­ing the bill that would make Tai­wan the first coun­try in East Asia to ban what they call cos­met­ics cru­elty.

De­tails of an­i­mal testing of cos­met­ics was re­vealed at the press con­fer­ence, such as the com­monly used eye ir­ri­ta­tion test in which a sub­stance is ap­plied to a rab­bit’s eye to mea­sure any oc­u­lar dam­age.

This test can cause painful eye swelling, and even lead to ul­cers and blind­ness. All such tests are con­ducted on an­i­mals with­out the use of painkillers, yield­ing test re­sults that are of­ten un­re­li­able be­cause hu­man and an­i­mal re­ac­tions to chem­i­cal sub­stances can be very dif­fer­ent, the SPCA stated.

Wang is propos­ing amend­ments to Tai­wan’s Con­trol for Cos­metic Hy­giene Act, which would ban cos­metic an­i­mal testing as well as the sale of cos­met­ics which have been newly tested on an­i­mals abroad fol­low­ing a three-year grace pe­riod, re­gard­less of the cur­rent state of al­ter­na­tive tests.

This puts Tai­wan’s bill on a par with the dual test/sales ban of the Euro­pean Union, and ex­ceeds the less am­bi­tious bill launched last month in South Korea, ac­cord­ing to the SPCA.

“Only by im­ple­ment­ing this ban can the wel­fare and rights of the an­i­mals used in cos­metic testing be pro­tected here in Tai­wan,” said Wang.

An­i­mal Pain and Suf­fer­ing

The Tai­wan SPCA & #BeCru­el­tyFree Tai­wan cam­paign co­or­di­na­tor Joy Liou said: “Testing cos­met­ics on an­i­mals causes them pain and suf­fer­ing, for test re­sults that are un­re­li­able and don’t rep­re­sent mod­ern science. Tai­wan’s con­sumers will be bet­ter pro­tected by ban­ning cruel and out­dated an­i­mal tests...”

Taipei Rab­bit So­ci­ety As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives said, “Rab­bits are very so­cial an­i­mals that need to be in the com­pany of other rab­bits or an­i­mals. Not only are the tests they are forced to en­dure very painful for the rab­bits, they will also suf­fer emo­tion­ally from not hav­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tions with other rab­bits.”

The Tai­wan SPCA along with in­ter­na­tional part­ner Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional have been ac­tively run­ning the #BeCru­el­tyFree cam­paign in Tai­wan for more than a year, steadily gath­er­ing pe­ti­tion signatures in fa­vor of a ban, and gain­ing the sup­port of 19 leg­is­la­tors and 23 cos­metic com­pa­nies so far that back a change in the law, said the SPCA.

(Right) An­i­mal pro­tec­tion ac­tivists and KMT Leg­is­la­tor Wang Yu-min ( ) show pic­tures of an­i­mals that were hurt by cos­metic an­i­mal testing and urge the Leg­is­la­ture to pass a bill to ban an­i­mal testing in Tai­wan, yes­ter­day.

Cour­tesy of Tai­wan SPCA

(Above) This pic­ture pro­vided by an­i­mal pro­tec­tion ac­tivists yes­ter­day in Taipei shows the eye of a rab­bit that was sub­jected to cos­metic an­i­mal testing.

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