China will no longer use post-market animal tests for cosmetic products in a landmark decision which activists say is the first step towards ending testing altogether.
The Gansu Province National Medical Products Association has announced the country will bring an end to a practice in which all finished products which are already on the market, both imported and domestic, are tested on animals.
Cruelty Free International has welcomed the landmark decision. Chief executive Michelle Thew said: “This assurance by the Chinese authorities that post-market animal testing is now not normal practice is an enormous step in the right direction and most welcome.
“We hope that this will pave the way to actual legislative change that will benefit cruelty-free companies and the Chinese consumer as well as many thousands of animals.”
Unfortunately the change does not mean that animal testing will end altogether, as it does not prohibit companies from carrying out animal tests during product development.
“At this stage, this does not automatically mean that brands can import to China overnight and be cruelty-free, but we are delighted that through co-operation and partnership our aim to end cosmetics animal testing everywhere and forever is coming closer,” Thew added.
Vegan brands are cautious of exporting their products to China, as in the past they have been routinely tested on animals – arguably meaning they are no longer vegan by the time they reach the consumer.
Dominika Piasecka, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society, told Totally Vegan Buzz: “We are so pleased to hear about a ban on animal experimentation in China coming one step closer.
“Selling in China is often the main obstacle for many companies before they can be considered cruelty free, as they choose the lucrative sales over the animals suffering in laboratories. Hopefully, such a choice will no longer be a case soon.”
What do you think of the move to stop post-market animal testing in China? Tell us in the comments section below!
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Totally Vegan Buzz Team
- 19th June 2020
All sorts of plant-based foods and products will be up for sale at this summer’s Vegan Farmers’ Market in Vancouver. Vancouver is gearing to launch the city’s first Vegan Farmers Market on 27 June at Vancouver’s Concord Community Park. The event will operate right through summer for eight full Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 …
- Charlotte Coates
- 13th January 2020
Perfume has the power to transport you. A favourite scent can remind you of many things – conjuring up the bliss of a relaxing holiday, the comfort of home or even a butterfly-filled first date. There are so many wonderful scents to choose from, no matter if you prefer musky notes, floral hints or fruity …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …