If you’ve ever noticed a cute bunny logo on the box of your favorite cosmetics, it’s there to indicate that the product was not tested on animals. Animal testing is not legally required in the US, but some brands choose to test and assess the safety of untested cosmetic ingredients on animals. For many companies, this is standard practice and some of these tests are downright cruel. In other countries like China, animal testing for cosmetics is mandatory. According to Cruelty Free International, the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics, over 80 percent of the world allows animals to be used in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests.
Many groups are on a mission to end animal testing for good worldwide. Just recently Europe implemented a ban forbidding the import and sale of all cosmetics tested on animals to go into effect on March 11. This proposed action sends a strong message to other countries that will hopefully follow in Europe’s lead.
“This is truly an historic event and the culmination of over 20 years of campaigning. Now we will apply our determination and vision on a global stage to ensure that the rest of the world follows this lead,” says Michelle Thew, chief executive of Cruelty Free International.
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