By Anna Vallery
Great news for animals! South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs just announced their plans to ban animal testing for cosmetics. Cruelty Free International has been working tirelessly with the South Korean government for the past two years to come up with a plan to phase out the use of animals in cosmetic testing.
Though not all animal testing will be ended right away, South Korea will be following the steps the European Union took to phase out this unnecessary torture. The European Union banned the testing of complete cosmetics on animals back in 2004, following with a ban on the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals in 2008, and then a complete ban for all animal cosmetic testing in 2013. South Korea’s newly announced “Five Year Plan for Animal Welfare” is going to follow this same progression, beginning with a ban on testing finished cosmetic products on animals. This is an amazing first step towards phasing out all cruel testing methods in the country.
South Korea is joining not only the E.U., but also India, Brazil, and China in their efforts to stop the use of animal testing for beauty products. Nine alternative methods to animal testing have already been validated in Korea and there are two more in the works. When all of the alternatives are complete, the Ministry of Food and Drugs Safety will publish official guidelines for testing cosmetics, animal free.
“We will now be urging implementation as soon as possible so that the full ban can be achieved at the earliest possible date, bringing Korea into line with Europe and India,” said Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International. ”We hope to see this echoed in 2015 by other Asian countries where we are active. This is a great start to the New Year.”
With more individuals and companies supporting the ban on animal testing, we can only hope the U.S. will follow the path that many other countries, including South Korea, have decided to take.