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Israel sets global example in animal welfare

Legislation against cosmetics tested on animals leads the way for other nations and the scientific community.

Testing cosmetics on domestic animals has been illegal in Israel since 2007. And in 2013, Israel joined Norway and the European Union in banning the import, sale or marketing of any international products tested on animals.

"Israel leads the world in compassion for animals," Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president at PETA, told From The Grapevine. "Its ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics spares animals there, but it also sets the goal for other countries worldwide. When PETA U.S. and PETA India began its campaign to ban cosmetics tests on animals in India, we pointed to Israel as the example to follow – and it worked. We are now working with India officials to ban the import of animal-tested cosmetics, again using Israel as the model."

Bans on animal testing have become more widespread in the past decade. Josh Feingold, the director of the International Food Redistribution Network, sees the initiative as part of a larger trend of better-informed consumers who are demanding more transparency and ethical standards in the sourcing of their products.

"Consumers are increasingly conscious of not only what they consume, but how they consume," Feingold told From The Grapevine. "They are becoming more aware of the ethical ramifications of their own consumption as it impacts the entire supply chain."

PETA's Guillermo said Israel's action has also spurred advancements in the scientific community. "Any time poisoning tests on animals are banned for ethical reasons, it promotes the development of more non-animal tests. Ethics can drive the science," she said.

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Legislation against cosmetics tested on animals leads the way for other nations and the scientific community.