Animal Testing On Cosmetics

Animal Testing On Cosmetics – Have you ever witnessed a pig with lipstick on? Or a cat with mascara on? I’m assuming your response is negative, correct?

Because animals do not use cosmetics, fragrance, or facial cream. Then why is it acceptable to test cosmetics on animals when only humans use them?

It isn’t… It is unacceptable that 100 million animals are tortured and killed annually around the world.

I’m not trying to frighten you or make you feel bad about products you may have used an hour ago. My objective is to make you aware of what is being done inhumanely to our animal companions so that you can make better decisions tomorrow.

You will learn the fundamentals of animal testing, specific animal testing policies, and how to transition to a cruelty-free lifestyle by the end of this post.

Animal Testing 101

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Before getting into the specifics, you must understand what animal testing is. Primarily, animal testing refers to any procedure performed on living animals for scientific research.

These experiments are conducted by scientists to test new medications, learn about diseases, and assess the safety of cosmetics and household cleaners.

Types of Experiments Involving Animals

Animal Testing On Cosmetics

The following experiments will be conducted by scientists using rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs, among other animals.

To fully comprehend how despicable and inhumane these experiments are, try substituting the word “animal” with “child” or “person” as you read this list.

  • Injecting toxic chemicals into an animal.
  • Exposing an animal to high concentrations of drugs or infectious pathogens that will cause suffering, illness, or death.
  • Injuring or burning an animal on purpose in order to study the healing process.
  • Genetic modification of an animal’s DNA.
  • Surgically removing organs or tissues from animals with the intent to cause harm.
  • Forcing an animal to consume or breathe in poisonous substances.

After all of these horrifying experiments, you would think they would put the poor creature out of its misery.

In contrast, the opposite is true. Those animals who do not perish during the experiment are either used for another experiment or killed outright.

“The history of cancer research has involved curing cancer in mice…

We have been able to cure cancer in mice for decades, but we were unable to do so in humans.” National Cancer Institute Director, Dr. Richard Klausner

Animal Testing Policy on Cosmetics

Whenever the cruelty-free community discusses cosmetics, China is inevitably mentioned. They are one of the few nations that still require cosmetics to undergo animal testing.

Allow me to briefly define cosmetics. It is any substance used to cleanse, deodorize, beautify, or alter the appearance of the external parts of the human body.

The following items are classified as cosmetics in the majority of nations:

  • Makeup
  • Nail Polish
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Hair Color
  • Toothpaste
  • Lipstick
  • Perfumes
  • Shampoo & Conditioner

Animal Testing Policy in the U.S.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not have a concrete policy on animal testing. They are neither for nor against it. Nor do they require testing or approval before a product hits the market.

“It remains the responsibility of the manufacturer to substantiate the safety of both ingredients and finished cosmetic products prior to marketing.” But when animal testing is done, the FDA says, “Research and testing should get the most useful scientific information from the fewest number of animals and use the most humane methods available within the limits of science.”

In my opinion, there isn’t a real humane way to conduct animal testing and the FDA policy is very wishy-washy.

So US-based cosmetics companies need to step up. They should make the decision to be cruelty-free from the beginning and not wait for the government to regulate their morals.

European Union Animal Testing Policy

On March 11, 2013, a full ban on animal testing went into effect. With this ban, finished cosmetics and their ingredients can’t be sold or tested on animals in the EU.

Even though this ban is in effect, not all products in the EU are considered cruelty-free because they are sold in China.

Does China require animal testing?

Now let’s talk about China. Many American and European companies want to enter China’s market. There are literally billions of dollars to be made, and many want a piece of the pie.

In China, cosmetics fall into two categories: non-special use and special use.

  • Non-special uses: hair care, nail care, skincare, perfumes, and makeup
  • Special uses: hair growth products; hair dye; hair perm; hair removal; breast shaping; deodorant; sunblock; and skin-whitening.

Non-special-use cosmetics manufactured in China do not require animal testing.

However, special-use cosmetics manufactured in China and foreign cosmetics imported to China require mandatory tests at an approved facility.

And guess what they used for the test? ANIMALS!

So, even if a product is manufactured elsewhere and is cruelty-free in that country, once imported to China, that status is revoked.

There aren’t any options to get around this testing at the moment, but change is in the air.

The infographic from Ethical Elephant really explains China’s animal testing laws well.

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What About China’s New Animal Testing Laws?

China has stated that ordinary cosmetics such as shampoo, body wash, lipstick, lotion, and makeup can be marketed without animal testing beginning on May 1, 2021. In order for this to occur, however, a business must jump through numerous hoops.

As of now, no brand has been exempted, and the Chinese health authority may continue to conduct animal testing on their products. Even if an exemption is granted, it is still feasible for products to undergo post-market testing.

What Does “Cruelly-Free” Mean?

According to the dictionary, “cruelty-free” is a cosmetic or other product developed without being tested on animals; pertaining to a product created without being tested on animals.

They’re a bit more to that definition when it comes to cosmetics. To be considered cruelty-free, a product or company must meet the following requirements:

  • They do not test their products or ingredients on animals.
  • It does not authorize third parties to test their products or ingredients on animals.
  • It is not sold in countries where animal testing is required.

Let’s be real for a moment. At some point, every ingredient that is currently being used in our products has been tested on animals. It’s just an unfortunate fact that we have to live with it.

When a company is declaring their cruelty-free status, they are talking about their manufacturing process and materials in the present. Not 20 years in the past.

Cruelty-free vs. Vegan

Some people assume that vegan and cruelty-free are interchangeable words. They’re not. A vegan is a person who doesn’t eat animals or use products made from animals.

Therefore, a vegan product doesn’t contain any animal ingredients or their derivatives.

A vegan product is not automatically cruelty-free and vice versa. If you’re vegan, then your best bet is to find products that are certified cruelty-free and vegan.

Cruelty-free Logos

There are three organizations that certify a brand’s cruelty-free status: PETA, Leaping Bunny, and Choose Cruelty-Free. They are determined to end all types of animal cruelty and abuse and to help consumers find and support cruelty-free products.

Each organization maintains its own cruelty-free lists that include cosmetics as well as household cleaners and laundry products. Each organization has its own criteria for joining their list.

From my personal experience, Leaping Bunny and Choose Cruelty-Free are more accurate than PETA’s list.

For me, any company that is listed just on PETA’s list is guilty of not being cruelty-free until I can prove otherwise.

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Leaping Bunny & Cruelty-free International

Animal rights organization with international recognition It was started by a group of animal rights groups with the goal of making it easy for people to buy products that are good for animals.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)

One of the most well-known and largest animal rights organizations in the world. Their goal is to help stop animals from being hurt in different industries, educate the public, look into claims of animal cruelty, and do a lot more.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Choose Cruelty-free

An Australian non-profit group that works to stop all cosmetics and household products from being tested on animals.

Note: All logos are used with the permission of PETA, Leaping Bunny, and CCIC.

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How to Support Change

  1. Stop buying products from companies that test on animals! Check out my list of brands to avoid.
  2. Support the companies that are doing the right thing and buy cruelty-free products!
  3. Share what you have learned with friends and family members so they can be part of the cruelty-free movement!
  4. Join the cause… Donate or volunteer at one of the organizations below to start making a difference today.

Cruelty-free Organizations

Ready to live cruelty-free?

After reading this post, I hope you realize why supporting cruelty-free brands is important and why animal testing on cosmetics needs to stop.

There are literally thousands of cosmetics companies that are doing the right thing and deserve our support and money.

For thousands of years, women have found natural ways to make themselves beautiful. I really doubt that Cleopatra gave a random dog a milk bath before she tried it herself.

In this age of technology, there are numerous ways to test the safety of cosmetics without using animals. It’s time for companies to move forward and embrace change.

How do you determine whether brands not cruelty-free?

A lot of brands don’t disclose their full animal testing policy. First, we get in touch with them to get the complete information. If any firm says that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the company is marked as “not cruelty-free.”

Cruelty-Free Products

This list has been crafted to help you shop for everything cruelty-free, even if you have a budget, no matter where you are. You can use the filters to pare down the list based on your preferences or needs. Check Our Best deals Cruelty-Free Products here!

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