Switzerland Bans Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Swiss officials make strides toward removing cruelty from beauty products countrywide.


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Last month, Switzerland enacted a law that effectively bans the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals in the country. The Swiss Federal Council proposed the ban in March 2016 and the enactment of this regulatory measure removes all products tested on animals abroad from Swiss cosmetics retailers. “We are delighted that Switzerland will no longer allow cosmetics for which animals have suffered to be sold in the country,” Cruelty Free International CEO Michelle Thew said. “This move is the next step in our 20-year campaign to end cruel animal testing everywhere and forever.” Thew urged other governing bodies to take action, stating, “It is time now for every government to step up and do the right thing.” Earlier this month, the Dutch government announced it would phase out all chemical testing on animals by 2025 in its efforts to be a world leader in scientific innovation.