PETA Statement: China’s Animal Testing for Cosmetics

For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2020

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Please see the following statement from Amanda Nordstrom, Company Liaison for PETA’s Global Beauty Without Bunnies Program, Regarding China’s Animal Testing for Cosmetics:

We’re cautiously optimistic that ultimately, China’s just-released Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation will lead to an end to many tests on animals for cosmetics products. However, it doesn’t ban any tests right now. Instead, the regulation instructs China’s National Medical Products Association to formulate specific details for the testing requirements under the law. It’s expected that the forthcoming rules will allow the sale of some imported cosmetics that won’t have to be tested on animals. If this is the case, we’ll celebrate the progress, as we have with every new measure that has spared animals poisoning tests in Chinese laboratories.

In 2012, PETA first exposed that cosmetics companies were quietly paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China, where these cruel and deadly tests are required. We’ve worked since then to end the poisoning tests, including by paying for the training of Chinese scientists in non-animal methods. As testing regulations have relaxed, PETA has worked with iconic brands that sell their products in China, including Dove and Herbal Essences, to ban all animal tests.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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