Cruelty Free International Calls For ASEAN Ban On Animal Testing

Animal protection organisation moves to end animal testing by December 2015

By Andrea Tim | Published: 11 Mar 2014

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Photo: Mayim Bialik for Cruelty Free International/Leslie Hassler

On the first anniversary of the historic European Union ban on animal tested cosmetics, Cruelty Free International is calling on ASEAN nations to introduce a ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics and ingredients.

Cruelty Free International CEO, Michelle Thew said, "On this significant day for our global campaign to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing, we are appealing to the Governments within the ASEAN countries to sign up to our roadmap and take steps to bring about a complete end to cruel cosmetics tests on animals."

Established by the BUAV, Cruelty Free International has placed this issue on the agenda of many governments for the very first time. This follows a ground-breaking scientific report, Meeting the Global Challenge: A guide to assessing the safety of cosmetics without using animals.

The report describes the available alternative approaches to replace animals and shows how they are more reliable, faster and cheaper than the animal tests they replace.

Besides the European Union, other countries including India, Israel, and China have seen progress with animal testing bans Progress. China for one, recently announced its consideration to end mandatory animal testing from June 2014.

Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, The Beatles' Paul McCartney, and most recently, The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialilk are among ambassadors and supporters of the global campaign move to save countless animals' lives from cruel cosmetics tests.

Members of the public can support Cruelty Free International's pledge by signing the petition addressed to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, His Excellency Le Luong Minh at


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