New laws set to make animal testing illegal in South Africa

The South African government is currently seeking public comment on a new bill which seeks to criminalise the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients.

Under the Animals Protection Amendment Bill, any person who tests a cosmetic on an animal; or fails to make available sufficient space in an environment that adequately corresponds to the physiological and ethological needs of the animal, will be liable to a fine not exceeding R40,000 (equivalent to $3,700 CAD) or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years. The Bill also seeks to ban the sale or manufacture of products in South Africa which have been developed using animal testing.

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