Globally, positive steps away from animal experimentation are happening regularly!
Here are some examples of the progress being made for animals, people and science internationally:
Mexico Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics
Date: 2nd September 2021
Summary: Mexico is the first country in North America and the 41st country globally to ban cosmetics testing on animals. The new law also bans the manufacture, import and marketing of cosmetics tested on animals elsewhere in the world. Read more here.
- Australian Supplier of Lab Animals to Close!
Date: 8th July 2021
Summary: A major supplier of laboratory animals to Australian researchers since 1988 is set to close due to financial difficulties. Read more here.
- World’s First Toxicology Testing Strategy Without Animal Testing Adopted by OECD
Date: 29th June 2021
Summary: The world’s first toxicology testing strategy without animal testing has been approved by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Read more here.
- Cancer drug developed without animal testing in Israel
Date: 8th March 2021
Summary: Israelis creates cancer drug without animal tests by using a human-simulating chip. Read more here.
- Tuskegee University Ends Deadly Surgery Labs!
Date: 20th January 2021
Summary: The vet school at Tuskegee University in the U.S. has ended its deadly surgery labs and is replacing them with modern and humane training methods! Dogs were being sourced from a nearby shelter and being used in a veterinary training course where they were subject to invasive procedures and killed. Thanks to PCRM, this will no longer be happening. Read more here.
- Medical College of Georgia Halts Animal Use for Surgery Training
Date: 23rd October 2020
Summary: The Medical College of Georgia has eliminated animal use in its general surgery residency program! Read more here.
- New EPA Policy Will Stop Painful LD50 Skin Test
Date: 7th October 2020
Summary: The EPA has announced a new draft policy that will allow companies to avoid conducting a painful rabbit test for new pesticides and cleaning products, saving 750 animals each year! Read more here.
- India bans batch testing of human vaccines on animals!
Date: 23rd July 2020
Summary: The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission has decided to ban the Abnormal Toxicity Test, a cruel and unnecessary animal test formerly used to batch-test human vaccines. Read more here.
- A university in London bans the Forced Swim Test — a world first!
Date: 10th January 2020
Summary: Leading research institute, King’s College London has officially become the first known university to ban the Forced Swim Test after talks with PETA UK. Read more here.
- Catholic schools in Windsor, Ontario are ending animal dissections!
Date: 4th December 2019
Summary: Catholic schools in Windsor, Ontario are phasing out animal dissections over the next 2 years - a win for students and animals! Read more here.
- German lab exposed and shut down
Date: 12th November 2019
Summary: Undercover video footage revealed the heart-breaking treatment of animals at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) in Germany. According to Cruelty Free International, LPT Mienenbüttel has now reached an agreement with the authorities to shut down the laboratory in February 2020! Read more here.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to end toxicity testing requirements on mammals by 2035
Date: 11th 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: 13th August 2019
Summary: US state of 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 — January 2020)
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, Pfizer, Bayer and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
- Nevada bans the sale of animal-tested cosmetics!
Date: 3rd 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 statewide 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: 14th 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: 1st February 2019
Summary: Large cereal maker Kellogg’s, has agreed to end the use of animals in ‘harmful and deadly’ tests for food production 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: 5th 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: 20th 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.