Cosmetic Testing in South Africa
We are opposed to the use of animals in the testing of non-essential substances such as cosmetics, non-medical products, and food additives.
There is no legal requirement that cosmetics be tested on animals in South Africa. Although we are not aware of any companies in South Africa that test cosmetic products on animals, some companies and/or franchises are selling products tested on animals in other countries.
How do we go about ensuring that animals are treated ethically and humanely?
- We serve on Animal Research Ethics Committees to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare.
- We conduct routine inspections at all facilities holding and keeping animals used for scientific purposes and teaching activities.
- We apply the 4 Rs, namely replacement, reduction, refinement, and responsibility when reviewing applications for research on animals.
- We work on improving legislation and national standards regulating research on animals.
We are supporting the efforts to amend the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 to make the testing of cosmetic products on animals a criminal offence.
The welfare of animals is our primary concern and the financial support we receive from the public enables us to improve the quality of life of many animals.