Humane Society International and H&M Collaborate on New Animal Welfare Commitments
Making the ethical treatment of animals a priority in the fashion industry
MELBOURNE () – Global animal protection leader Humane Society International and fashion company H&M have worked together to develop ambitious new animal welfare pledges. Central to this collaboration is a commitment to pursue policy change in countries around the world, such as national legislative bans on animal testing of cosmetics, as well as the improvement of farm animal welfare within wool and down production.
Cosmetics Animal Testing
HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign is leading the force working to end all animal testing within the global beauty industry. In Australia the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign is run in partnership with Humane Research Australia. Since the campaign’s global launch in 2012, bans on cosmetics animal testing and/or trade have been enacted in the European Union, Israel, Norway, India, New Zealand and Turkey, with similar laws proposed in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. H&M’s own-brand cosmetic products and ingredients already abide by a strict no-animal-testing policy, and going forward, the company will actively support the #BeCrueltyFree campaign through consumer advocacy, dialogue with key stakeholders, and supporting training and education programs.
Troy Seidle, director of HSI’s research & toxicology department, said: “H&M must be commended for committing itself to our #BeCrueltyFree campaign’s mission of achieving a global end to cosmetics animal testing. As a company that already eschews animal testing of its own cosmetics, H&M is now sending a strong message industry-wide that more needs to be done to end the suffering of animals in cosmetics tests.”
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