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Animals China17. January 2023

Cruelty-Free for the Win: China Relaxes Its Animal Testing Requirements

Now that China no longer requires animal testing on products sold within its borders – in its effort to adopt a more ethical way of testing beauty products – ten big brands have been able to become fully cruelty-free!

“With the lifting of animal testing requirements, large beauty brands will no longer have to fund animal cruelty in order to enter the Chinese market,” as stated on Cruelty-Free Kitty, a blog which runs a rigorous database of certified cruelty-free brands. “This is a major step towards a more ethical and compassionate beauty industry, and we hope to see more brands follow suit.”

China slowly began to relax its rules in 2014 by allowing certain cosmetics products to bypass animal testing. In 2021, pre-market animal testing came to a halt even though the post-market one was still enforced. Now, as of 2023, post-market animal tests are no longer required either, meaning that a total of ten brands – Aussie, Dove, First Aid Beauty, Herbal Essences, Physicians Formula, Supergoop!, Rituals, Simple, Suave, and Wet n Wild – are now officially cruelty-free.

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