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Groups, company launch animal-rights campaign

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two major animal rights groups have linked up with a handmade cosmetics company to fight against the practice of animal testing in Taiwan's cosmetics industry.

The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Taiwan SPCA), Humane Society International and UK-based “fresh” cosmetics company Lush on Tuesday launched the “Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Taiwan,” a local version of the larger campaign to end animal testing worldwide.

Taiwan has been named one of the primary focuses of the organizations' joint campaign to end animal cruelty, Taiwan SPCA Executive Director Connie Chiang said Tuesday.

Humane Society International has launched similar movements in China, South Korea, Brazil, Russia and Canada, among other countries, she said.

Saying that thousands of components used in cosmetic products have been approved for human use, Chiang called experiments on animals, especially the practice of “lethal dose tests,” cruel and unnecessary.

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