China makes steps towards non-animal testing for cosmetics.
This week, the Chinese government made a big step towards animal-free testing methods by signing a memorandum of understanding with an organization that helps governments to find other means of testing.
This memorandum of understanding, or MOU, was signed with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. This is a great step towards a more humane way of testing cosmetics. Currently, China requires that cosmetics companies test their products on animals before they are sold in the Chinese market.
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. was given a grant from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). This grant allowed scientists to offer solutions to China in regards to replacing animal testing for cosmetics with ones not requiring animals.
This new memorandum of understanding will provide education to Chinese scientists and leaders in the government on how to test cosmetics with animal-free methods. The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. will be educating Chinese leaders on new, innovative, and alternate methods to test cosmetics rather than by using animals.
PETA and others believe that this new memorandum of understanding will help China to understand and accept alternate means of testing cosmetics. After all, did you know that millions of animals a year are used for testing purposes that include dogs, cats, primates, birds, rodents, horses, pigs, goats, and other animals? They are subject to painful testing and are often neglected and kept in poor laboratory conditions.
Hopefully, China will follow other countries that are currently banning animal testing for cosmetics such as Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Here is the States, California, New Jersey, and New York has limited testing on animals. In addition, students have the right in many states to not participate in dissections if they choose.
Congratulations to China in making steps towards a more humane universe!
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