Don’t Wait For A Ban – Stop Buying Animal-Tested Cosmetics Today

albino rabbitsNational bans on animal testing for cosmetics are gaining momentum. The European Union, Norway, Israel, and India have all passed national legislation to inhibit animal testing in the creation of cosmetics. In recent years, some legislators have even made attempts to phase out animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. These are undoubtedly promising developments in the global animal welfare movement. However, enactment of legislation to limit or prohibit testing on animals for cosmetics and other products in the U.S. may be years away. In the meantime, countless rabbits, beagles, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and other animals are languishing in laboratories around the country. Americans must support legislation to stop these nightmarish and unnecessary tests, but everyone living in the United States can stop purchasing animal-tested cosmetics and personal care products now. Rejecting personal care products sold by companies that still use animal testing conveys to those companies that now is the time to end animal testing.

As consumers, finding products that satisfy our preferences, budgets, and consumer ethics can seem like a daunting task. Even the most conscientious consumers may have only a vague understanding of how business, science, and law intersect in regard to animal testing. To add to the confusion, some companies attempt to attract consumers with a “cruelty-free” label without actually abiding by cruelty-free guidelines.

Fortunately, there are resources that make cruelty-free shopping enjoyable and accessible. Thousands of safe and high-quality products are available through companies that don’t test on animals. There are at least three ways consumers can support these companies:

•    An organization known as the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) administers a cruelty-free standard in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and parts of the European Union. Companies listed by the CCIC meet the standards set by the Leaping Bunny Program, which according to the CCIC website guarantee that “…no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.” To use this resource, visit http://www.leapingbunny.org.
•    When shopping for a new cosmetic or personal care product, you can visit the company’s website to learn the company’s policy on animal testing.
•    For spur-of-the-moment purchases, download an app to your smartphone. Many apps are now available that help users discern if animal testing was used with a quick scan of the item’s barcode.

As citizens concerned about animal welfare, we send messages to our lawmakers with pens and paper. As consumers, we communicate with our dollars, and these are messages that no business can ignore.

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When you think about it…retiring some while squeezing others doesn’t make sense.

New policy takes one step forward, and two steps back.

New policy takes one step forward, and two steps back.

Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced, on at least two occasions, that the agency would be retiring laboratory chimpanzees. For all of us in animal welfare circles, we applauded their decision. Now we read, in a recent article, NIH has decided the remaining research chimps don’t need as much space in which to live. So, if you’re an old chimp, you get the freedom of a sanctuary; but if you’re considered necessary for scientific experimentation, you get a couple hundred square feet. We shouldn’t be squeezing any animal into a confined space. We should be ensuring they all have reasonable retirements after the invasive tests done on them. For when you think about it…retiring some while squeezing others doesn’t make sense.

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Australia and Animal Testing

Australians may stop the manufacture and import of animal-tested beauty products.

Australia may follow the example of other countries that have banned animal testing  on cosmetics, including banning imports from countries that test on animals. The End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014  would “prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals….” Australia residents, please write your legislators  urging them to support this vital piece of legislation. Encourage your country to join others in recognizing the inhumanity of testing cosmetic products on animals.

Writing legislative leaders urging them to pass bills that would ban animal testing  on cosmetics is one way to engender change. A more immediate way is to simply stop buying products tested on animals .

 

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Loss of life…for lipstick?

Consumers must use their purchasing power in order to support those companies offering cruelty-free products.

Beauty shouldn’t rely on pain and suffering.

When the European Union, which consists of 28 countries, along with Israel and India ban cosmetic testing on animals, it’s time the United States joined in. HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, will bring the U.S. in line with these countries in banning the use of animals in testing personal care items, such as shampoo, lipstick, and hand lotion. It is totally indefensible to continue to use animals in cosmetic testing when non-animal alternatives have existed for years.

To learn more about the cruelty done to animals in laboratory settings, read Is a Mouse a Human.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act.

 

 

 

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When you think about it…you’re not a mouse, a cat, a guinea pig, or a monkey.

Many drugs tested on animals that are considered safe may not have the same effects on humans.

Many drugs tested on animals that are considered safe may not have the same effects on humans.

Mice, cats, guinea pigs, and monkeys are among some of the animals used in laboratories to test pharmaceuticals to ensure their efficacy and safety for use in humans. There’s just one major flaw. Humans aren’t mice, cats, guinea pigs, or monkeys. So, drugs that may be safe in them can turn out to be harmful to us. For example, a drug trial of an Alzheimer’s vaccine that had been tested on mice had to be stopped because it caused brain inflammation in humans. And drugs harmful to mice, cats, guinea pigs, or monkeys may never get on the market yet may be just the cure that’s needed for a human-related diseases. Tamoxifen caused tumors in rats but fortunately tests were continued and it was found to be an effective drug against some human breast cancers.

Animal testing wastes many lives—not just those of the animals used in experiments but also the lives of humans. Some are harmed by what were considered harmless drugs and other suffer without drugs that could help them because they harmed laboratory animals. When you think about it…you’re not a mouse, a cat, a guinea pig, or a monkey. So why should the drugs you take be tested on them?

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China and Cosmetic Testing

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The China FDA is now allowing some cosmetic products to be sold without prior animal testing.

The China FDA is now allowing some cosmetic products to be sold without prior animal testing.

Paws Up!
To the China Food and Drug Administration for allowing the sale of some cosmetics without requiring animal testing.

According to a news story, the China Food and Drug Administration announced, “Animal testing would no longer be mandatory for ‘non-specialized cosmetics’, including shampoo, soaps and certain skin products….”

The European Union and India have both changed their policies about animal testing on some personal care products. It’s good to see China possibly following suit.

Take Action: The best way to take action is to never buy personal care items that have been tested on animals. Check labels to make sure you are buying cruelty free products. Additionally, you can write to the China Food and Drug Administration supporting the decision to allow the sale of some cosmetics without requiring animal testing.

Zhang Yong, Minister
China Food and Drug Administration
26 Xuanwumen Xidajie,
Beijing, 100053, P.R. China
Fax: 86-010-68310909
Email: inquires@sda.gov.cn

Just when you think you’ve heard it all

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A company called Backyard Brains is encouraging the use of cockroaches among children for vivisection practices.

A company called Backyard Brains is encouraging the use of cockroaches among children for vivisection practices.

Paws Down!
To Backyard Brains and the company’s RoboRoach.

Backyard Brains has introduced a do-it-yourself kit that is supposed to teach children about neurotechnology and electronics. However, it also teaches children to disregard the lives of insects. In the supposed interest of science, children are conducting experiments on cockroaches. Now many people don’t exactly love the cockroach but no one said it was right to experiment on them. And in a climate when many scientists are moving away from using animals in their research, why would we want to educate the next generation in the ways of vivisection?

Take Action: Write a polite note to the CEO of Backyard Brains and urge him and his company to reconsider the product RoboRoach. Suggest the company use the many brains it has to come up with a creative way to teach children about neurotechnology and electronics that does not involve harming living beings.

Greg Gage, CEO
Backyard Brains, Inc.
308 1/2 S. State Street, Suite 35
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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