As a great deal of you might know a few of us posting for PP are extreme animal lovers and not afraid to show it, With that being said I know a few of you might share in the love with us and therefore I thought it fitting to share the following amazing news with you all…
“The European Coalitation to end animal experiments has something to celebrate this winter, after years (23 to be exact) of effort, the group has succeeded in banning the use of animals in cosmetic testing in all member countries of the European Union. As of March 11, all personal care products, from high-end to drugstore brands, will be subjected to the rule, which means that final products cannot be tested on animals and nor can any of the given products’ ingredients. For sometime, the long-push for a ban has been debated and put off, and according to ECEAU, it’s final success was due to the work of Tonio Borg, the new European commissioner for health and consumer policy. “The former EU’s cosmetic regulations has been considering recommendations to delay or weaken the ban, allowing the cosmetic industry to continue testing cosmetic products and ingredients on animals until they could find alternative methods”, details the ECEAU, but it went through, thanks to Borg’s urging. Cosmetics will still be tested for safety by companies that make them, using agreed-upon methods of non-animal testing. The group’s next goal is to end the use of animals in scientific experiments (12 million animals a year are used in Europe for this purpose.) Think animal testing is different today than what you may have heard about it in the ’90s when this issue received allot of attention? According to the human society’s excellent FAQ on animal testing in the United States: “Although they are not required by law, several tests are commonly performed by exposing mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals to cosmetics ingredients. This includes:
- Skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto shaved skin or dipped into eyes of rabbits without any pain relief.
- Repeated force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards such as cancer and birth defects.
- Widely condemned “lethal dose” tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of chemicals to determine the dose that causes death.
“At the end of the tests the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation . Pain relief is not provided. In the United States, a large percentage of the animals used in such testina (Such as laboratory-bred rats and mice) are not counted in official statistics and receive no protection under the animal welfare act.”
Here’s to cruelty free beauty! 😀
Please share your thoughts on animal testing, The EU has only banned cosmetics testing on animals but at least its a start, baby steps… Next stop everything else!