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Israel Bans Animal-Tested Products

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 3, 2013

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 January 1, 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. The EU had passed a similar ban, which was also scheduled to take effect in 2013, but lawmakers are now considering extending that deadline. PETA and PETA U.K. have been pushing hard to get the EU to uphold the original end date. In addition, PETA India is trying to get a similar ban implemented in that country, and the effort has a lot of momentum. PETA 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. And in the U.S., PETA has been purchasing stock in companies that conduct animal tests so that we can propose shareholder resolutions to switch to humane testing methods.

But despite all the legal hullabaloo, we can at least designate our homes cruelty-free areas. It’s easy to select personal-care and household products that weren’t tested on animals by glancing at PETA’s new global Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide, the latest complete list of companies that refuse to conduct or pay for any animal tests anywhere in the world. 

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  • Wayne & Marie (USA) says:

    Thank you to the government and citizens of Israel. You are among the few who are willing to put aside their own desires for the sake of compassion and morality.

  • Forever Friend says:

    I believe Rome & Paris both have an outdoor cat park where the cats are protected which are very beautiful. I wonder if Tel Aviv or another city in Israel has one? Is there a city in the Americas that is not too cold all-year ’round willing to? Can PETA please post a photo of one of the European cat park.

  • Forever Friend says:

    If there’s any other country out there willing to follow in Israel’s footsteps please do so.

  • pfolman says:

    My greatest admiration to Israel. We all need to become like Israel.

  • Alexis @ μεταφορ says:

    I hope they’ll come up on final date in the EU (and around the world of course). I don’t now how some one have the heart for something like this! If some later news arisen on the topic let us know. Thank, very interesting.

  • Anne F says:

    Israel continues to amaze me with their outstanding record banning so many animal abuses we in America stuggle to end. Israel banned Foie Gras and declawing of cats and debarking of dogs, horse-drawn carriages and their national airline won’t fly animals to laboratories. When I was in Israel in June 2012 there were hundreds of protesters in Tel Aviv protesting animal experiments. In the USA, a huge country, even for the worst of the worst experiments like at the University of Wisconsin-Madison cat experiments on Double Trouble, less than a hundred people show up for a protest. Israel is beautiful in many ways, and I am quite impressed with how far they have come for animals. Now, America, let’s get with the program.

  • Jessica says:

    Kol haKavod to Israel for being on the forefront of this issue to ensure that animals do not suffer and die for cosmetics and household products!

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