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Taiwan animal test ban petition launched

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- To honor the anniversary of the European Union's (EU) ban on animal testing on cosmetic products, and to stand up for the wellbeing of animals in Taiwan, Cruelty Free International, The Body Shop and Life Conservationist Association recently handed in over 1 million signatures collected worldwide, along with 14,247 signatures from local citizens, to petition legislators for an immediate ban on animal testing.

It is a growing trend for nations to adopt the Humane Cosmetic Standard, and citizens and private organizations have been teaming up with the ultimate goal of eliminating all forms of animal testing with regard to cosmetic products, according to a statement from The Body Shop. The alliance is asking the local government to consider the benefits of a ban on animal testing, which would not only enhance the reputation of the government on humanitarian grounds, but also demonstrate to the nation's trading partners around the world that all the cosmetic products and ingredients exported from Taiwan are cruelty free, The Body Shop stated.

A law to ban animal testing on cosmetic products in Taiwan is not only a moral cause, but also financially beneficial to the nation, the company said.

For the past 25 years, The Body Shop has endeavored to fulfill its founding message that animal testing should be banned, while also supporting Cruelty Free International's call for a global end to animal testing for cosmetics, according to a recent press release.

Cruelty Free International Chief Executive Michelle Thew said, “We are in Taiwan today to appeal to the Taiwanese government to listen to the collective voice of one million people and start putting plans in place to end these experiments and prevent further unnecessary suffering for thousands of animals.

“We would like the Taiwanese consumers as well as the government to be well aware that it is unnecessary to do animal testing for cosmetic purposes, and that choosing cruelty-free products will not only (enhance the nation's reputation), but will also engender the satisfaction of doing what is right,” said Cherry Chang, general manager of The Body Shop in Taiwan.

The Body Shop will continue to campaign to stop the testing of cosmetics on animals in every country around the world, the company said.

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