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Big news for animal lovers and beauty enthusiasts alike! In a remarkable shift, brands sold in China can now be cruelty-free. You might be wondering how this sudden change came about. Well, here’s the scoop.
For the longest time, animal testing was compulsory for all imported cosmetics sold in mainland China. But hold on to your hats because that’s no longer the case! From May 1st, 2021, onwards, pre-market animal testing for imported ordinary cosmetics is no more.
This is a major step forward in the global movement towards cruelty-free beauty products. It signifies a new era where you can indulge in your favorite brands without compromising your ethical standards.
So, let’s dive deeper into what this means for both consumers and companies around the world!
Brands Sold in China Can Now Be Cruelty-Free
Huge news! There’s been a monumental shift in animal testing laws in China. You may have heard whispers about it, but let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details together.
Pressure from you, the cruelty-free consumers around the world, along with animal welfare organizations like Humane Society International and Cruelty-Free International, has finally paid off. Even massive corporations couldn’t ignore your calls for change!
Since 2021, most cosmetics sold in China no longer need pre-market animal testing. What’s more? Post-market testing doesn’t involve our furry friends to determine safety anymore, either!
This is big news for all you beauty enthusiasts and champions of animal rights out there!
With these requirements lifted, your favorite beauty brands won’t have to compromise on ethics to tap into the Chinese market. This major step takes us closer to a compassionate beauty industry where no animals are harmed.
The Latest on China’s Animal Testing Laws
Let me take you back to June 30th, 2014 – this was when companies could start selling their locally produced products (excluding special-use cosmetics) without needing to test them on animals first.
So, since then, most cosmetics made within Chinese borders have been exempted from such tests.
Fast forward seven years later – starting May 1st, 2021 – even non-domestically manufactured products could bypass pre-market animal testing as long as they didn’t fall under the ‘special use’ category, which includes sunscreen, deodorant, etc.
Post-Market Animal Testing No Longer A Threat
Now let’s talk post-market testing; this refers to re-testing already approved cosmetics if safety concerns arise or customers complain.
For years, we hesitated to call all brands sold in China cruelty-free due to this potential threat lurking behind store shelves. But guess what? As of now, we’re confident that post-market tests aren’t done on animals anymore!
Moving Toward a Cruelty-Free Beauty Industry
China had always posed significant hurdles when it came to eliminating unnecessary suffering caused by cosmetic product trials until now…
With recent amendments making both types of testing free of any harm to animals, companies can comfortably enter one of the world’s largest markets guilt-free!
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