Globally, positive steps forward, away from animal experimentation are happening regularly!
Here are some examples of the progress being made for animals, people and science internationally:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to end toxicity testing requirements on mammals by 2035
Date: 11 September 2019
Summary: The EPA announced that animal testing of chemical products will be phased out by 2035. The change comes after years of work by PCRM, PETA, and the Humane Society of the United States. Read more here.
- Illinois joins California and Nevada in ending the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics
Date: 13 August 2019
Summary: US state Illinois will stop the import or sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. This will come into effect from January 1st, 2020. California was the first US state to enact this legislation, followed by Nevada and now Illinois. We hope the rest of the country will follow their lead! Read more here.
- Pharmaceutical giants ban the forced swim test
Date: Multiple (from December 2018 — October 2019)
Summary: After talks with PETA, pharmaceutical giants have committed not to use or fund the Forced Swim Test including AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson, DSM Nutritional Products, NutriFusion LLC, Astraea Therapeutics, Roche Pharma, AstraZeneca and Novo Nordisk A/S, Sage Therapeutics and Pfizer. Read more here.
- Nevada bans the sale of animal-tested cosmetics!
Date: 3 June 2019
Summary: Governor Steve Sisolak has signed The Nevada Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act into law making Nevada the second US state to pass a state-wide ban on the sale of cosmetics that involves new animal testing. The new law will prohibit the sale of any cosmetic product that has been tested on animals after the date January 1, 2020. Read more here.
- Australian ban on cosmetic animal testing passes senate
Date: 14 February 2019
Summary: The Australian Senate passed the Government’s Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017. This includes measures prohibiting reliance on new data from animal testing for chemicals introduced into Australia for use as ingredients in cosmetics. Read more here.
- Food company Kellogg’s stop testing on animals
Date: 1 February 2019
Summary: Large cereal maker, Kellogg’s, have agreed to end the use of animals in ‘harmful and deadly’ tests for food productions or ingredients. Their new policy prohibits conducting, funding, supporting and condoning animal tests. After their 65 year history of involvement with animal testing, this change is very welcome and a huge win. Read more here.
- Dutch government plans to stop animal testing by 2025
Date: 5 January 2017
Summary: The Netherlands announced its intention to phase out chemical safety tests on animals by 2025. This plan is the first of its kind and reflects a global movement away from a reliance on animal-based research. Read more here.
- Brussels bans some animal experimentation!
Date: August 2018
Summary: From the 1st of January 2020 experimentation on dogs, cats and primates will no longer be allowed in the Belgium capital region of Brussels. Following on from this, 2025 will see a further reduction in similar tests. Safety tests using animals will be banned (with some exceptions). Read more here.
- Brazil to end the use of animals in cruel observational and demonstrative teaching activities
Date: 20 June 2018
Summary: The Brazilian government is banning the use of animals in some practices in undergraduate and high school technical education. This Resolution was issued by the National Council for Control of Animal Experimentation and it bans the killing of animals for dissection purposes. It also bans animal experiments in practical classes that do not involve the acquisition of new skills. Read more here.
Globally, action is being taken to fully replace the use of animals in dissections and other harmful teaching methods.
See examples of the amazing progress being made here.