Israel Bans Animal-Tested Products
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Israel Bans Animal-Tested Products

Companies that test their products on animals needn’t bother trying to ship them to Israel, because, starting New Year’s Day, the country banned the import, sale and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaners. Previously, in 2007, the Israeli government had banned using animals to test personal-care and household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in 2010 and came into effect on 1 January 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves, blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even crossing Israel’s border.

PETA and our affiliates are working to end the testing of cosmetics and household products on animals in countries around the world, and Israel has proved that a full ban on such vile products is not only possible but also ethically responsible. PETA India is trying to get a similar ban implemented in that country, and the effort has a lot of momentum. PETA US and PETA Asia have been helping Chinese scientists switch to in vitro cosmetics testing methods and are encouraging the Chinese government to accept the results in place of the animal tests that it currently requires.

The EU has also passed a marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics, which is scheduled to take full effect in March 2013, but lawmakers are now considering extending that deadline.

Where Europe was once leading the way, it now appears to be dragging its feet. More than ever before, the eyes of the world will be watching Europe to see if it upholds the 2013 marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics. With a new commissioner on board, it’s essential that we remind him that the vast majority of the European population is opposed to animal-tested cosmetics and puts animal welfare before vanity. Please take action today and contact the responsible European Commissioner, Tonio Borg, to let him know that the people of Europe want no delay, no compromise and no cosmetics tests on animals.

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  1. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    Israel is evolving into a very animal-friendly nation. Many Jews in Israel are vegetarians including religious and spiritual leaders. Avi Kuzi is one of the most remarkable animal rescuers in the world. They have many dogs, cat and donkey sanctuaries. A ban on animal testing is an awesome revelation. Animal lovers and people who support human rights and inclusion should stand strong for Israel, a great Democracy. I respect India too.

    • avatar Oliver Dykes says:

      Totally agree with Brien. This is to the great credit of Israel, a nation much to be admired. Apparently they’ve also banned all ahooting, hunting etc – David Cameron & his pro-hunting friends take note.

  2. avatar gloria percy says:

    Only decent and humane thing they have done since 1948 BUT I will NEVER buy any of their products.

  3. avatar viola carr says:

    All animal small and large should not have to suffer and die for ANY purpose!

  4. avatar viola carr says:

    NO animal testing!

  5. [...] This landmark success comes after thousands of you joined us and our international affiliates in taking action, with public protests, phone calls and a deluge of e-mails to the Commission. We’d like to say a huge “Thank you!” to all of you who joined this campaign and showed the EU that, across Europe, people are united in the belief that cosmetics cannot come before animals’ lives. The ban will save hundreds of thousands of animals and follows a similar ban implemented by Israel in January. [...]

  6. avatar rocketgirl says:

    LOVE ISRAIL!!! thank you! i am proud of that country!

  7. [...] given the development of cheaper and more effective humane testing methods. Israel, for example has already banned the testing of cosmetics on animals, PETA India is working hard to persuade its government to follow suit and thanks to guidance from [...]

  8. avatar Karina Da Cunha says:

    I love Israel, I have been there and most of the people I met there where Vegans or vegetarians, plus they try to save animals and bring back sanctuaries of rare birds and animals that are in risk of extinction. It’s a strong nation where women are strong and have rights, gays have rights, you can be of any religion, any background, and have animal rights which is just amazing…

  9. [...] announcement closely follows similar bans on cosmetics testing in the European Union and Israel which came in earlier this [...]

  10. […] India is now working to urge the Indian government to take the next step, as Israel has done, and ban the sale of all cosmetics and household products tested on animals anywhere in the world. […]

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