– In loving memory of my little lion Pedro, the star of the picture, who, after 17 years of filling my life with a bucket full of love and happiness, passed away on 15 November –
Most of you are probably aware of the fact that animal testing of finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients within the EU has been banned for a few years now; but what a lot of people don’t seem to be knowing yet, is that since 11 March 2013 a full ban comprising the marketing of finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals has come into effect, forbidding firms from all countries to sell cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients that were tested on animals within the EU – even if the testing was done outside the European Union. This means that, within the EU, you cannot buy any beauty products that were tested on animals.
The EU commission describes 11 March 2013 as the “end of animal suffering just for cosmetic reasons” and has spent €238 million from 2007 to 2011 on research on alternatives to animal testing. That’s good news right? Well…I’m not going to look into the economics of the ban and the monetary consequences for companies and subsquently for us, but as consumers with a moral conscious we need to be mindful of one thing: It’s true that everybody living in the EU no longer has to worry about buying any cosmetic products that were tested on animals. That does not, however, mean that the companies we buy our favourite beauty products from can’t continue testing their products on animals and sell them on the international market. A lot of emerging economies, such as China, even specifically demand that cosmetic products are tested on animals.
So if you simply don’t want to use cosmetics that were tested on animals, the ban is fabulous news. If, however, you want to make sure that you are not even indirectly supporting animal testing, you should continue purchasing products from companies that refrain from animal testing on all markets. A lot of these companies can be found on PETA’s website. You may recognize names such as LUSH, Pai Skincare, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Marks & Spencer, Molton Brown, Superdrug, Burt’s Bees, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Melvita, Pureology, Sainsbury’s, Argos, and many more.
In any case, the ban is a great step forward and a historic victory for anybody who is genuinely concerned with animal welfare.
Where do you stand on the debate on animal testing? Do you try to use beauty products from cruelty-free companies only? Which one is your favourite cruelty-free company?