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Are Cosmetics Made in China Cruelty Free?

Are Cosmetics Made in China Cruelty Free?

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is about cosmetics that are made in China. Many are aware that China currently requires animal testing on cosmetics that are sold there. However, it is often unclear to consumers if cosmetics that are made in China fall under those regulations as well.

Many brands who are cruelty free carry “made in China” labels on their packaging and products. I often get asked if, just as when selling in China, this means the brand does take part in animal testing.

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Proposed Humane Cosmetics Act Would End Animal Testing in the US

Proposed Humane Cosmetics Act Would End Animal Testing in the US

Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat representing Northern Virginia, has introduced the bill H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act. If passed, this bill would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries.

“The U.S. can and should phase out the use of animals in cosmetic safety testing.  Not only are animal-based tests fundamentally inhumane, they also rely on outmoded science that can fail to accurately predict safety for humans. This legislation would encourage the use of testing alternatives that are more effective and cheaper to conduct, helping the American cosmetic industry remain the dominant, and humane, leader in the global cosmetics market.” – Representative Jim Moran

According to the Humane Society of the United States, if passed, the Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, would:

  • Make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S.
  • Prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

The full text of the bill is not yet available, so an official summary about what this bill would do is not yet available. Once it becomes available online, I will be sharing the link in this post, on social media, and creating a news update. I think it’s very important that everyone be an educated consumer and have a full understanding of what these bills include.

Moran currently has the support of the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Cruelty-Free International. Logical Harmony is also happy to support any bill that would mean a reduction or elimination in animal testing practices. I will be eagerly awaiting the full text of the Humane Cosmetics Act so that I can gain a better understanding of what it would mean for the future of animal testing.

This bill was introduced to committee on March 5, 2014. It’s currently at the same stage as another bill that would require animal testing for cosmetics in the United States, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. The SCPCPA act has the ultimate goal of making cosmetics safer and introducing better animal testing alternatives. However, it would require animal testing and increase animal testing for several years before this would go into effect.

With two conflicting bills currently at the same stage of review, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for both. Logical Harmony will be keeping up to date on both proposals and updating readers on any changes.

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Are Items Imported into China Tested on Animals?

Are Items Imported into China Tested on Animals?

The laws about animal testing in China continue to cause confusion. Many brands have opted to started testing on animals to comply laws that require testing on animals in order to sell in China and in other markets. Last year, Logical Harmony published the post Animal Testing and China which tried to give an overview of when products are and are not required to be tested on animals. Several readers and bloggers reached out with questions about the sale of fully packaged goods into China. Most wanted to know, “are products imported into China tested on animals?”. Being unable to find any additional information, I asked my friends at Humane Society International for their input.

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Animal Testing and China – What You Need to Know

Animal Testing and China - What You Need to Know

When it comes to animal testing and China, there’s a lot of information out there. There is also a lot of incorrect information as well. The amount that there is to consume is quite overwhelming and intimidating. Often things are worded in a way where you’re not quite sure exactly what to believe. Especially when it comes to reading statements from brands about if they sell in China, where animal testing is currently required by law.

One main goal of Logical Harmony has always been about education. It’s important to know what you buy and what you are supporting. By educating yourself about animal testing and China, you are taking an important step in becoming a better educated and more empowered consumer. In this post, I explain my understanding of animal testing on products and how it relates to China. Please note that this is based on my research of animal rights organizations (such as Humane Society International), cruelty free awareness organizations (such as Leaping Bunny, Vegan Action, and Cruelty Free International), as well as public documentation about the laws in China.

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