In Japan animals are still subject to needless pain and sacrifice, a situation that seems unlikely to change any time soon. Only four companies in Japan are known to refrain from testing on animals.
KYODO NEWS: Although universities in Japan are beginning to shun the use of live animals in experiments, few companies disclose information about the animal testing they engage in and there is little public awareness about the downsides of the practice.
In Europe and the United States, the concept of animals’ right to life has become widely accepted and a number of companies in recent years have publicly stated their opposition to the use of animals in the research and development of cosmetics and medical products. The European Union has gone as far as banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
Meanwhile, in Japan animals are still subject to needless pain and sacrifice, a situation that seems unlikely to change any time soon. Only four companies in Japan are known to refrain from testing on animals and hold certification from the international animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA, as it is widely known, conducts activities to investigate and certify whether the products of companies that have applied are tested on animals in the research and development process. In 2005, 500 companies worldwide, mainly in the cosmetics and detergent fields, were certified, but that number shot up to around 6,000 in 2022. Most were European and American.
Laila Imai, the spokesperson for PETA Asia, praised the EU for “banning the distribution of cosmetics tested on mice and rats in its member states in 2013.” In stark contrast, she pointed out that few companies in Japan disclose information on animal testing, and thus “it is difficult to have a constructive debate” about the issue. In fact, the number of certified companies in Japan has not even reached 0.1 percent of the total…
Lush, a beauty brand established in Britain in 1995 and sold widely in Japan, conducts product safety confirmation tests and only uses ingredients that have not been tested on animals… A first-year middle school student shopping at Lush’s Shinjuku outlet in Tokyo said she became aware of animal testing through social media. “I think it is wrong that the lives of animals are sacrificed in the pursuit of beauty,” she said. SOURCE…