In 2018, a total of 3,727,163 animals were used in experiments in Korean laboratories. These included rodents, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, and other animals. That was a 21 percent increase of animals from the previous year — a dramatic increase. However, as of the end of last year, 85 percent of Koreans support increased research funding for alternatives that can replace animal testing. The same amount, 85 percent of Koreans, also prefer that tax dollars be spent on non-animal testing methods than tests involving animals.

Why are more animals being tested on when the people do not even approve of this? The Humane Society International urge Korean product safety regulators and industry to use the available non-animal testing methods in regards to chemicals and other products. The Korea Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances (K-REACH) and Biocidal Products Act (K-BPR), used 89 percent of the more than 3 million animals used in testing last year. National and public institutions used less than nine percent of the animals.

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HSI Senior Policy Manager Borami Seo says, “It’s time for private testing facilities and public institutions to get serious about adopting existing non-animal approaches and for Korean authorities to accept and require use of such methods, when available instead of calling for new animal testing. We look forward to working with scientific communities in promoting the use of advanced technology, such as, invitro bio-mimetic and computational methods, as well as, investing their resources for human-relevant research replacing animal use.”

The cruel testing doesn’t end there, though. A total of 2,167 animals were used for cosmetic testing even though the Cosmetics Act Reform Bill passed in 2017.

No animal should suffer in a laboratory for human experiments. In this day and age, we have plenty of non-animal alternatives that don’t involve the cruelty of subjecting animals to that imprisonment or torture. If you want the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to enforce the latest Cosmetic policy against testing and to stop animal testing in laboratories, sign this petition!

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