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Thursday, January 31, 2013

European Union Ban on Animal Testing Begins in March

 

This just in:
(From Happi.com)

EU Animal Testing Ban Goes in Effect in March 

 A ban blocking the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics products and ingredients in the European Union is expected to go into effect on March 11, according to a letter written by EU health commissioner Tonio Borg to animal-testing campaigners. 

The ban, which many beauty companies had expected to be delayed or scrapped, will demand that anyone who wishes to sell new cosmetics products and ingredients in the EU must not test them on animals anywhere in the world. The ruling affects all cosmetics products, including toiletries like toothpaste and soap.

I'm wondering if this will mean that the European Union will have fewer options when it comes to beauty products, or if global brands are making the switch to cruelty-free in order to keep their business in the EU? Thoughts?

26 COMMENTS:

  1. I'm glad they are finally banning animal testing. Now they just need to do that in America.

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  2. but this doesn't stop ordering of animal tested products from entering right?

    this ban specifically focuses on "import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics products and ingredients."

    would ordering on amazon for example be "importing?"

    also, cruelty free products are on trend so i think global companies already are heading towards that. i think where one door of animal testing product closes, another door of new/emerging brands that are cruelty free will open.

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    1. I would think ordering on amazon IS Importng, like here in Cali you can't order exotic skin products for yourself due to the import ban.

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    2. I think ordering on amazon IS importing, like here in Cali you can't order exotic skin shoes and purses due to the import ban.

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    3. It may not stop people from ordering what they want on the internet. But, I am thrilled that they are doing this! It is going to make a HUGE difference in the battle for animal rights!

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  3. Agreed with the above comment (Mel Miller)! Thanks for posting this!

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  4. Maybe I should move to my homeland, Portugal. Seriously it would be awesome to have the same ban here is the US.

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  5. What's are the proposed alternative(s) to animal testing? I'm not super familiar with any alternatives, but if they're extremely or even a hair more expensive than animal testing, I'm worried about this turning into an extremely exploitative situation where poor people in poor and/or developing countries become test subjects to keep costs down...

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    1. Well companies still need to test products to make sure theyre safe to use and work
      Something that happens here (idk if they do this in Europe) is people sign up to test new products and tell the company if it gave them a rash, if it did what its claiming to do, etc. and they get paid
      I could see some compaies who test on animals and still want to save money starting sweatshop-type places where people have mascara and stuff shoved at them for a nickel a day
      Which would be still be pretty messed up and wrong but some companies r just that crazy that i wouldn't be surprised.

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    2. There are already MANY companies that do not test on animals, animal testing is COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. All ingredients used in cosmetics have already been tested and tested, over and over, for years.
      I would not worry about the ban on animal testing raising the cost of cosmetics! Lots of mainstream brands and Indie brands are cruelty free and they are some of the most affordable brands on the market. For example, Wet n Wild and e.l.f. ARE cruelty free!!!! Can you get cheaper cosmetics than those 2 brands? I dont think so ;)

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  6. That depends on which market the companies prefer to keep--the EU or China.

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  7. Good for them. Hope will force companies to only produce high-quality products which is a plus for us consumers... but maybe not so much on our wallets.

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    1. Wet n Wild, e.l.f., Essence and Hard Candy are all cruelty free. Great high quality cosmetics at the most affordable prices AND no animal testing!

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  8. This is really interesting - so the EU bans animal testing anywhere in the word, and China requires it. That means that companies are going to have to sell either in the EU or in China - they can't sell in both. Quite a dilemma for a profit-hungry company!

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    1. Interesting point, but I'm guessing it wouldn't affect companies selling in China as long as they don't personally test on animals. Since China does the testing on imports, the company isn't technically testing.

      I'll be curious to see how this affects beauty brands here though. It would be great if it gave us more cruelty free options too.

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    2. Thats not exactly true. China requires each company to pay for its own products to be tested on animals, before they are allowed to sell in the country. That is why any companies that have expanded to China have been removed from the Leaping Bunny list.

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  9. Testing on animals is sad. I am guilty of purchasing products from companies that test on animals . I adore animals and thought, today, I will try to seek out cruelty free products.

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  10. I love that the EU is doing this, and I would love it even more if the US followed suit. Animal testing of cosmetics seems so entirely unnecessary at this point. I'm hoping that the EU ban will encourage companies to move in a cruelty-free direction instead of just limiting the products available in those countries. Doing the former will allow them to sell more products in more places rather than shutting out such a large market, so to me that makes more financial sense... here's hoping.

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    1. Animal testing IS entirely unnecessary! I really hope that the US will do this soon!

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  11. Interesting, I wonder if cosmetic companies will stop creating new or more technologically advanced products for sale in Europe as a result. Personally I'm not for government regulations that ban safety protocols, consumer demands are more effective and plenty of people already demand cruelty free products.

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    1. Animal testing is not necessary in creating products.
      I am thrilled that they did this because yes, there are a lot of people who demand cruelty free products but... not enough.
      There are WAY too many people who have no idea that their products are being tested on animals. I honestly believe that if EVERYONE knew the truth and people (who care) only bought products from companies that are CF, there already would have been a huge change.

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  12. So glad for this and that there's the specification animal tested anywhere in the world.

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  13. Well this is a start. Hopefully it gets better from here! =]

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  14. This made my day!!! Now I can hope the rest of the world will follow.

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  15. This probably won't happen in the US anytime soon. The lobbying from the corporations has prevented even basic oversight and standards of the cosmetic industry by the FDA.

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