Although cosmetics testing on animals was banned throughout Europe nearly two decade ago, the sale of animal-tested products is still permitted in the United Kingdom and other countries. In the United States, federal law requires companies to assure that their products are safe but does not require animal testing. Despite the established alternatives, however, a number of manufacturers continue to test new cosmetics ingredients on animals.
Cosmetics testing on animals was banned throughout Europe years ago, but selling animal-tested products is still permitted.
“The beauty industry continues needless animal testing and it’s time for it to stop,” Kate Willett, director of regulatory toxicology, risk assessment, and alternatives for HSUS. “Consumers are largely unaware that some shampoos and lipsticks still involve chemical poisoning of animals such as rabbits and mice. Science has moved us beyond this and there is no place for cosmetic testing on animals in modern society.”
“Fighting Animal Testing” is part awareness campaign, part petition. As the initiative rolls out in 48 countries and more than 700 LUSH stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Russia, members of the public are urged to sign national petitions in LUSH stores and online to demand an end to the antiquated practice.
“Animals should not have to rely on voluntary codes of conduct but should be protected by robust laws that force all companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market,” says Brandi Halls, North American campaign manager for LUSH.