But some countries, including the U.S., are lagging behind, with products like perfume, skin cream, lipstick, nail polish still being tested on animals.
"We will now be urging implementation as soon as possible so that the full ban can be achieved at the earliest possible date, bringing Korea into line with Europe and India," Michelle Thew, chief executive of Cruelty Free International, said in a release. "We hope to see this echoed in 2015 by other Asian countries where we are active. This is a great start to the New Year."
Animal advocates say that rabbits, pigs, mice and guinea pigs suffer needlessly in cosmetics tests, which often involve force feeding, rubbing chemicals on skin or dripping it into their eyes. A technique called "lethal dose" also involves forcing animals to eat a certain amount of a toxic chemical until it kills them. See this page for more information on cosmetics testing on animals - and how to support banning it.