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Taiwan SPCA pushes for amendment to end animal testing

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Taiwan SPCA) is proposing an amendment to the “Statute of Control for Cosmetic Hygiene” this year in hopes that Taiwan will follow the lead of the European Union, Israel and India by banning cosmetics animal testing, according to a press release from the SPCA.

In Taiwan, it is still legal for companies to test cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals, despite a major move within the international community towards ending animal testing, said the SPCA.

Legislators such as Tien Chiu-Chin (田秋瑾), Chen Shei-Saint (陳學聖), Liu Chien-Kuo (劉建國), Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Wang Yu-Min (王育敏), and Lin Hsu Shao-Ping (徐少萍) have all shown support for the ban in Taiwan, the SPCA stated.

“In actuality, results from animal testing are not always reliable, producing unpredictable data for human use. These testing methods were developed decades ago, and are the way of the past”, said Taiwan SPCA Executive Director Connie Chiang. “Humans and animals react differently to chemicals. This makes the credibility of the data obtained from animal testing far below that of high-quality science. ”

The Be Cruelty Free campaign is currently active in over 12 countries around the world and is successfully pushing for change. Humane Society International's Director of Research and Toxicology, Troy Seidle, and the Institute for In Vitro Science's Education Director, Dr. Quanshun Zhang, both showed their support for the event.

“Currently, over one million supporters from around the globe have signed our Be Cruelty Free pledge in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics worldwide”, said Seidle. “The signatures garnered will be paramount when meeting with government officials to make known the support that the campaign has. The (South) Korean government, for example, has already promised to invest NT$4.8 billion (US$159 million) to establish the National Alternatives Center, the country's first national center of excellence for the development and validation of alternatives to animal testing. China's Food and Drug Administration also recently announced that from June 2014, China plans to remove its mandatory animal testing requirements for domestically manufactured ordinary cosmetics. We are confident that Taiwan will also become a cosmetics animal testing free country in the near future” noted Seidle.

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Animal activists pose for a picture at a recent Be Cruelty Free press conference. The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Taiwan SPCA) said Taiwan should ban cosmetics animal testing to be in line with the international trend. (Courtesy of Taiwan SPCA)

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