Europe FTW: EU Bans Animal-Tested Cosmetics
by: Katie Grimmer
February 2, 2013
Johnson & Johnson. Estee Lauder. Aussie. Chapstick. Thank you to the European Union, these are only a few of the hundreds of companies that will no longer be permitted to be sold in Europe due to the ban on all animal-tested cosmetics. That’s right, the EU took the first giant step in animal rights by restricting the import and export of those many companies who still use animal testing.
After two decades of strong efforts from The Body Shop, in collaboration with the non-profit organization Cruelty Free International, the eco-friendly company was proud to announce the ban will begin on March 11th of this year. In honor (and, most likely, because of utter excitement) of this announcement, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International are planning commemorative activities to count down to the historic date.
This is not the first time the EU led the way in animal rights. A testing ban on finished cosmetic products has been in effect since 2004 and a testing ban on ingredients and combinations in effect since 2009, when the market ban was also first introduced.
Those part of the EU don’t have to be the only ones to take a stance on animal rights. It can be hard to shop cruelty-free products as some of the largest companies still test on animals, but the Humane Society and PETA offer a number of options. There are extensive lists of those companies who don’t test on animals, donating to the cause and keeping an eye out for that leaping bunny.
Oh, and still in last place? China, where animal testing is required. And we’ve all seen what they do to their animals.