#BeCrueltyFree South Korea Campaign Welcomes Cosmetics Bill Requiring Mandatory Use of Alternatives

This is a milestone but not yet a full test ban

SEOUL (12 March 2015) – Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree South Korea campaign joined Congresswoman Moon Jeong-Lim and officials on 11 March at the National Assembly to witness the launch of a Korean bill that marks an initial milestone towards ending animal testing of cosmetics in the country. The #BeCrueltyFree campaign has been working with the Congresswoman over the past two years, including intensive discussions last week regarding bill language. Most recently, the campaigners also held a public event with TV star Sam Hammington and LUSH Cosmetics to call for the bill to be an effective ban on cosmetics cruelty.

March 11 marked the two-year anniversary of the European Union’s ban on the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics. However, #BeCrueltyFree’s South Korea campaigner Borami Seo cautions against comparing Korea’s bill with the total ban on cosmetics animal testing achieved in the EU. Unlike the EU ban, the Korean bill only bans animal testing where accepted non-animal alternatives are available. If an alternative is not available, the animal test will be allowed. This is an important departure from the precedents set by the EU, Israel and India, which have all banned cosmetics animal testing regardless of the status of alternatives. In this respect the Korea ban is equivalent to EU policy in 2004, but falls short of the full test ban introduced in 2009.

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