The Humane Society International estimate that 100,000 – 200,000 animals undergo suffering and die each year as a result of cosmetic animal testing. There are many alternatives to animal testing, and it has been considered to be ineffective due to the differences between animals and humans. One new ingredient may be harmful to a rabbit used for testing, but not to a human, and vice versa.
In the EU, there is a ban on using animals to test products or ingredients, and since March 2013 there has been a ban on selling cosmetics that have undergone ‘new’ animal testing. Despite what these laws may suggest, cosmetic animal testing still goes on every day, by many of the most popular cosmetic companies for the Chinese market.
By law, to sell cosmetics in China, the companies must undergo animal testing before sale. In June 2014, the law changed so that cosmetics produced within China did not have to undergo animal testing, while companies that wanted to sell in China but not produce there, still have to carry out this barbaric and cruel practice.
Companies that still test on animals:
- Estee Lauder
These are just a handful of companies that test on animals. You can see more on PETA’s website at http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/companies-that-still-test-on-animals/
Everyone who chooses to buy ‘cruelty free’ has different opinions about what makes a company ethical and what does not. Many companies are ‘Certified Cruelty Free’ themselves, but are owned by a parent company who test on animals. I do not buy from these companies as I feel it is putting money straight back into the parent company and therefore funding more animal cruelty. For example, ‘The Body Shop’ is cruelty free but is owned by L’Oreal, a company which tests on animals.
My personal preference is a ‘Leaping Bunny’ certified company that is not owned by a parent company who supports animal testing. However, I do choose to support companies that have not got this certification, but guarantee their cruelty free status.
Some of my personal favourite cruelty free brands are
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
- Too Faced
- Kat Von D
- Wet n Wild
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
- Rouge Bunny Rouge
- Ted Baker
- Lime Crime
- Becca Cosmetics
To help end animal testing, you can choose to shop with cruelty free companies using the extensive PETA approved list: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdonttest.pdf