China ends cosmetics animal testing for certain products.
As of 1st July 2014, domestically produced ordinary cosmetics such as shampoos, make-up, hair, nail and skin care products will no longer require animal testing.
Still requiring testing are imported ordinary cosmetics and both imported and domestically produced ‘special use’ cosmetics such as hair dyes, sunscreen and deodorants.
According to animal organizations, the new rule will save approximately 10,000 lives a year.
“As well as causing animal suffering, many of these tests are notoriously unreliable in predicting real chemical reactions in people,” HSI wrote in a statement.
According to HSI, between 100,000 and 300,000 rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals are used to test cosmetics in China every year.
Peter Li, HSI’s China policy adviser, said: “This is an important first step for China in moving away from cruel and unreliable animal testing for cosmetics.
“Our Be Cruelty-Free campaign has worked hard to achieve this milestone, but we know much work remains before we eliminate all cosmetics animal testing in China, so we are not resting on our laurels.
“In making this rule change, China is acknowledging the global trend towards cruelty-free cosmetics, and that’s hugely significant.”
Be Cruelty-Free is the largest campaign in the world to end animal testing of cosmetics, and leads efforts across Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.
India bans foie gras.
India has banned the import of foie gras, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade announced through its website.
The ban came after animal rights activists campaigned against foie gras explaining that the delicacy was the product of horrible abuse involving force-feeding and filthy living conditions.
“To create foie gras, several pounds of mush are pumped into the stomachs of ducks or geese two or three times a day through a pipe that’s rammed down their throats, causing the birds’ livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. The birds become so ill that many cannot walk or even lift their heads,” explains PETA.
“Fancy restaurants across India are pushing sales of foie gras on their menus, that’s why we were seeking the ban,” Amruta Ubale with Animal Equality India told AFP.
Foie gras production is banned in over a dozen countries because of its extreme cruelty and California was the first locality to ban both the production and import of foie gras two years ago. Now India has become the first country in banning its import.
Australia bans the import of rhino parts.
Australia’s federal government has issued a ban on the importation of rhino body parts to help fight against canned hunting.
Canned hunting is the legal hunting of wild animals in a confined area.
“Hunters from all over the world, but notably from the United States, Germany, Spain, France and the UK, flock to South Africa in their thousands and send home lion body parts, such as the head and skin, preserved by taxidermists, to show off their supposed prowess,” explains Born Free.
“The animals involved are habituated to human contact, often hand-reared and bottle fed, so are no longer naturally fearful of people. Such animals will approach people expecting to get fed-but instead receive a bullet, or even an arrow from a hunting bow. This makes it easier for clients to be guaranteed a trophy and thus the industry is lucrative and popular.
“Canned hunting is a legal practice where animals like lions and rhinos are bred and farmed overseas for the sole purpose of being hunted in captivity.”
Environment Minister Greg Hunt told ABC the Government does not believe animal trophies killed in canned hunts should be allowed into Australia.
“It’s just not right at this time in history that we are allowing endangered species to be brought back as trophies into Australia,” Hunt said. “I’ve signed an order, we’re taking action. It’s going to stop.”
“The process of really capturing or raising animals and then having them in a compound where they can’t run they can’t hide, they don’t have a fair chance, doesn’t really fit with the fair go ethos of this country let alone the broader issues of humane treatment of animals.”
Hunt added that he has started a process to have the ban applied to African lions as well.
During the past four years, over 100 lion parts including entire stuffed bodies, paws and skulls have been imported into the country.