Animal testing in the cosmetics industry facts and statistics:

  • in 1998, The UK became the first country to ban animal testing for cosmetic products and their ingredients
  • today animal testing is banned in 44 countries
  • the latest country to ban testing cosmetics and household products on animals is Columbia
  • select states in the US and Brazil banned animal testing, but on a federal level, animal testing remains legal in both countries
    • United Statues: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey and Virginia
    • Brazil: Amazonas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina and Federal District

Today animal testing regulations vary vastly from country to country and from continent to continent.

wdt_ID Country Continent Animal Testing
2 Algeria Africa Permitted
3 Angola Africa Permitted
4 Benin Africa Permitted
5 Botswana Africa Permitted
6 Burkina Faso Africa Permitted
7 Burundi Africa Permitted
8 Cameroon Africa Permitted
9 Cape Verde Africa Permitted
10 Central African Republic Africa Permitted
11 Chad Africa Permitted
12 Comoros Africa Permitted
13 Congo (Kinshasa) Africa Permitted
14 Comoros Africa Permitted
15 Congo (Brazzaville) Africa Permitted
17 Djibouti Africa Permitted
18 Egypt Africa Permitted
19 Equatorial Guinea Africa Permitted
20 Eritrea Africa Permitted
21 Eswatini Africa Permitted
22 Ethiopia Africa Permitted
23 Gabon Africa Permitted
24 Gambia Africa Permitted
25 Ghana Africa Permitted
26 Guinea Africa Permitted
27 Guinea-Bissau Africa Permitted
28 Ivory Coast Africa Permitted
29 Kenya Africa Permitted
30 Lesotho Africa Permitted
31 Liberia Africa Permitted
32 Libya Africa Permitted
33 Madagascar Africa Permitted
34 Malawi Africa Permitted
35 Mali Africa Permitted
36 Mauritania Africa Permitted
37 Mauritius Africa Permitted
38 Morocco Africa Permitted
39 Mozambique Africa Permitted
40 Namibia Africa Permitted
41 Niger Africa Permitted
42 Nigeria Africa Permitted
43 Rwanda Africa Permitted
44 Sao Tome and Principe Africa Permitted
45 Senegal Africa Permitted
46 Seychelles Africa Permitted
47 Sierra Leone Africa Permitted
48 Somalia Africa Permitted
49 South Africa Africa Permitted
50 South Sudan Africa Permitted
51 Sudan Africa Permitted
52 Tanzania Africa Permitted

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