Animal Testing – An Update

Animal Testing - An Update

– 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?

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    I’m sorry for your loss, Jasmin. I’m a cat lover myself and have two young cats. Pedro must have been a gift to your family! It’s so refreshing to read about the steps taken by EU in making sure that animal testing is not tolerated. It’s so very different here where I’m from. Under the umbrella of science and research, animal testing still continues, although they say it’s done ‘ethically’.

    missreverie | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks a lot sweetie! Your comment really means a lot to me. I’m happy about every single little victory when it comes to animal testing. Other countries will follow suit eventually too…we just need to be patient :) xx

  • http://jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com/ jointyicroissanty

    I’m sorry about you lost your cat. I use only eco cosmetics which are cruelty-free and also do not harm people: Lavera, Flos – Lek (polish brand) and Benecos.

    jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much sweetie! I really appreciate it, and I’m so happy to hear that so many of my readers use cruelty-free products :) xx

  • Rafaela

    Amazing post!! i’m sorry for your lost, I have one cat just like yours and I don’t imagine my life whitout him!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Rafaela. I really appreciate it :) xx

  • http://messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com/ Marlen

    Whaaaat, why would China specifically ask for animal testing? That sounds a bit excessive. And unnecessary. That’s great that the EU took that giant step and outlawed it though- it’s so hard to pass a law when there’s money loss involved so I’m super impressed. But I get that there’s more to go. And I love you’re speaking out about it and educating us :)

    And woah woah woah, I was super flattered when you said I styled my blanket scarf better than Burberry this year. Excuse me as I flip my hair 😉 I’m not gonna be humble about this at all haha, nope.

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Honey…it’s China we’re talking about. They don’t exactly have a reputation for caring about animal rights, do they? Although, I just read a few articles and guess what? Mandatory cosmetic testing on animals has been ended this June (I wrote my article last year and recycled it..oops). Wow…I’m more than impressed. So firms finally have the chance to seek alternative testing options – even in China! YAY!!

      Haha…I stand by my words. Glad you’re enjoying a moment there. 😀 xx

    • stephie

      Chinese officials ask specifically for animal testing because if they get it wrong, the punishments for themselves are huge (extended prison sentences, even the death penalty). For this reason products in China have to be tested extensively, over and over again, in order to prevent them from harming anybody as these government employed people just can’t risk it. Basically an example of a country where animal rights suffer due to a lack of human rights.

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    I’m so sorry, my 19 yo cat passed this Febuary :( I miss her, I’m slowly switching to cruelty free!

    http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Lera! I’m very sorry for your loss too. Losing a pet is like losing part of yourself, isn’t it? Anyways, I’m happy to hear that you’re slowly but steadily switching to cruelty-free products. Baby steps right? xx

  • borka gamero

    Pedro was such a stud!
    much love doll,
    borka
    http://www.chicfashionworld.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      He was the sweetest, thanks Borka :-* xx

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    This is awesome!! I really love burts bees. Sorry about your loss, friend! So glad he will live on in memories like this :)

    Simplicity Relished

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Daisy! I really appreciate it :) xx

  • http://www.stylevanity.com/ Alyssa Martinez

    To be honest, I’m not aware of the products that I use. But I do often see “Not Tested on Animals” label on most products that I use. This is a good news, because there are people like me who don’t check. At least, this ban will already stopped most companies on testing in animals because their product won’t be sold.

    xx

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Exactly…every little helps. I can’t say that I’ve been actively looking out for cruelty-free products in the past, but I’m trying to change that little by little. Baby steps right? xx