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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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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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

When you think about it…if you want to suffer for your beauty, that’s your choice; but do not make animals suffer, too.

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

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

If you wear makeup; use shampoo, conditioner, hair gel/spray; or dab a bit of fragrance behind each ear, you may be contributing to animal abuse. Many cosmetic and personal care companies use animals to test the toxicity of their products, to test the irritation level of their products, and to test allergic reactions to their products; but few cats, rats, or rabbits wear their makeup or wash their fur with their shampoo. Certainly none wear any but their own fragrance. So why are these companies forcing animals to have compounds put into their eyes (Draize test); dripped onto their raw, shaved skin (skin irritancy test); or ingested (oral toxicity test)?

We consumers must let companies know we will not tolerate their abusing animals just so we can look pretty. We consumers must let companies know we will not purchase their products as long as they are indifferent to animal suffering.

We also need to let those companies that do not test their products on animals know that we support their efforts, not just by word but by deed. Our purchasing power can change the fate of many animals. Because, when you think about it…no one should suffer for anyone’s beauty, least of all the animals.

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Saving Animals One Lipstick at a Time

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India is the first country in South Asia to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

India is the first country in South Asia to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

Paws Up!
To India for banning animal testing for cosmetics.

According to a news article, “The decision [to ban animal testing] was taken at a meeting of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Cosmetics Sectional Committee, chaired by the Drugs Controller General of India and is in line with the European Union’s stand.” The article states that India is the first country in South Asia to take this step.

The European Union banned animal testing for cosmetics in 2004 and recently banned the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

Take Action: Write a note to the ambassador from India to the United States thanking her country for respecting and protecting animals.

The Honorable Nirupama Rao
Ambassador
Embassy of India
2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cruelty Free Cosmetics

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To the European Union for banning the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals.

European Union regulators have announced the ban of import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

European Union regulators have announced the ban of import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

According to a news article , “European Union [EU] regulators announced a ban…on the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals and to pledge more efforts to push other parts of the world, like China, to accept alternatives.” The EU had banned animal testing on finished cosmetic products in 2004.

Take Action: The best action any of us can take is to buy cruelty-free products when purchasing cosmetics, personal care items, household products, and toiletries.

Portugal Poised to Save Lab Animals

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To a team of researchers at the Centre for Neuroscience and the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Portugal, who are working to reduce the need for animals in cosmetic skin tests.

According to a news story, “A team of researchers…developed a groundbreaking test for the detection of chemical allergen cutaneous (skin sensitization assessment), which will significantly reduce testing animals in the cosmetics industry.”

New technology could make the testing of makeup and other cosmetics safe and humane.

“The test, called Sensitiser Predictor, has already been awarded several national and international awards, apart from ‘giving a response to the legislative imposition of the European Union to abolish the use of animals in product testing of the cosmetics industry, it is a much faster method than those in use today which resort to animal testing (mice), it is more economical and capable of being used on a large scale’, explains the researcher, Teresa Cruz Rosete.”

According to Dr. John Pippin, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “It’s especially inhumane and especially indefensible [to use live animals] when there are alternatives in hand which not only would spare the animals the trauma of going through this but also would provide a better educational experience.” NHES agrees.

Take Action: Write a note of thanks to the two organizations that are responsible for this breakthrough.

Catarina Resende de Oliveira, President
Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Department of Zoology
University of Coimbra
3004-517 Coimbra – Portugal
E-mail: info@cnc.uc.pt

Dr. Francisco Veiga, Director
University of Coimbra
Faculty of Pharmacy
Pólo III – Pólo das Ciências da Saúde
Azinhaga de Santa Comba
3000-354 Coimbra – Portugal
E-mail: ffuc@ff.uc.pt

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