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South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

Last week the cruelty free blogging world was buzzing about a potential ban on animal testing in South Korea. What many blogs were posting was that animal testing on finished products was going to be banned. I did a lot of digging and could not find conclusive documentation to show that this was the case. In fact, very few reputable organizations were reporting that South Korea had changed their animal testing stance, much less implemented a ban on animal testing.

At the same time that I was digging, Humane Society International (HSI) reached out to me with an update from their end. HSI has always been very research driven and detail oriented. When it comes to organizations, I honestly can say that I trust their research about animal testing policies and changes more than that of any other organization.

What is important to know is that a five year plan has been proposed that, if passed, would potentially phase out animal testing for finished cosmetic products. This is part of one of several five year plans that have been proposed. There is no guarantee that this specific five year plan would be implemented. These proposed five year plans are now being reviewed by several departments before they would then potentially move forward with one. At this time, none of the proposed five year plans have been enacted and neither has a South Korea animal testing ban of any sort. 

What is also important to note is that, in South Korea, most of the animal testing occurs on ingredients and not finished products. The large majority of brands there have already phased out animal testing on finished cosmetic products. A real impact would be made if a ban on animal testing on ingredients was put into place.

Continue reading to find out more about the South Korean animal testing ban – what changes have been proposed and what they would impact.

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Campaigners Condemn Industry’s Legal Bid to Weaken EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

Campaigners Condemn Industry’s Legal Bid to Weaken EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

There is breaking news in the potential changes to the EU ban on animal testing! On November 25, 2014 Logical Harmony posted about about how an Industry Bid Could Overturn the EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban. In the most recent update from Humane Society International, that bid has been approved to go on to the European Court. The bid is seeking to allow EU cosmetics companies to use results from new animal testing conducted in non-EU countries to meet non-EU regulations. This has major implications for animal testing and would greatly weaken the current animal testing ban in the EU.


#BeCrueltyFree Campaigners Condemn Industry’s ‘Greedy’ Legal Bid to Weaken EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

Legal action is betrayal of EU consumers, says Humane Society International

LONDON – (12 Dec. 2014) Animal protection campaigners Humane Society International are concerned that the High Court today decided not to dismiss a legal bid by ingredient suppliers to the cosmetics industry to undermine the EU’s historic cosmetics animal testing ban. The legal action, which is now referred to the Euoropean Court of Justice, could now take two years to resolve, and if ultimately successful could risk once again condemning rabbits and other animals to painful eye, skin and force-feeding tests for ingredients used in cosmetics.

Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign team was at the High Court for the judgement. #BeCrueltyFree is the world’s leading initiative for a global end to animal testing for cosmetics. The high-profile campaign – which has the backing of stars such as Sir Paul McCartney and Leona Lewis – was instrumental in securing implementation of the EU ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics on 11 March 2013, and culminated with a rabbit flash-mob outside the European Commission in Brussels to present nearly half a million petition signatures.

The High Court action was brought by the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients, a trade association representing more than 100 specialty chemical producers who supply ingredients to cosmetics manufacturers. EFfCI claimed that when new animal testing is carried out in non-EU countries to meet non-EU regulations, cosmetics companies should be allowed to use those animal test results to develop or sell cosmetics in Europe, even if the animal testing was done after the EU ban came into force. Today, the judge ruled that EFfCI should be able to take its claim to the European Court – whose ultimate decision will have effect across the European Union.

If ultimately successful at the ECJ, EFfCI’s claim could destroy the EU ban because it would effectively allow a company to test its cosmetics ingredients on animals outside the EU for non-EU regulatory purposes, and still use and sell that ingredient in cosmetics within the EU market.

Susie Wilks, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree Policy Advisor, said from the High Court: “The industry’s legal action could be a potential disaster for animal welfare and is a betrayal of the clearly expressed desire by EU consumers to end cruel and needless animal testing for cosmetics no matter where in the world that animal testing is taking place. EFfCI’s case would undermine both the spirit and the letter of the EU ban, effectively allowing companies to continue testing cosmetics on animals abroad, and importing them back into the EU. We hope the ECJ will see fit to reject this case and find in favour of a strong and comprehensive ban.  

“Whilst the rest of the world looks to the EU’s historic test ban as a pioneering example of animal-friendly regulation that promotes modern science and safeguards consumer safety, industry has taken this greedy and self-serving legal case that could condemn animals to suffering simply so that EFfCI can sell more cosmetics ingredients to its customers. Testing cosmetics on animals is morally wrong and scientifically unnecessary; innovative new beauty products using existing ingredients can be created without new animal testing, and it is clear that the future of safety regulation lies in adoption of more human-relevant non animal tests.. So the industry should be ashamed that it is attempting to turn the clock back on a world-leading law that says an animal’s life is worth more than a new face cream. ”

It is unknown whether EFfCI was acting alone, or whether its member chemical or cosmetics companies benefiting from the anonymity of their trade association membership are behind the legal challenge. EFfCI’s Associate Members include the UK’s BACS Personal Care Group representing around 120 members including Marks & Spencer and The Co-operative Group – both certified as cruelty-free by the international Leaping Bunny standard.

HSI’s Susie Wilks said: “As this legal action has been fronted by a trade association, it’s impossible to know which companies are really behind it. If cruelty-free company associate members were unaware that their trade association is attempting to undermine the EU’s cosmetics animal testing ban, we would expect them to be very alarmed indeed and make their objections known.”

HSI estimates that between 100,000 – 200,000 rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals suffer each year in cosmetics tests globally. These involve rabbits being restrained and having chemicals dripped in their eyes, guinea pigs having raw chemicals applied to their shaved skin, and rodents having chemicals pumped directly into their stomach in huge and even lethal doses. Such animal testing, and the sale of cosmetics so tested, is now outlawed throughout the 28 countries of the EU, EFTA countries, Israel and India. #BeCrueltyFree campaigning has also resulted in legislative proposals for similar bans in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States.

Facts

  • #BeCrueltyFree is the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing, supported by stars such as Leona Lewis, Rick Gervais and Melanie C
  • More than 1 million #BeCrueltyFree pledges have been signed so far for a worldwide end to cosmetics cruelty
  • There are more than 600 cosmetics companies certified as cruelty-free under the international Leaping Bunny scheme
  • An estimated 8,000 or more cosmetic ingredients are already available and in widespread global use. Companies can manufacture cosmetics without animal testing by combining existing ingredients with histories of safe use — for which no new testing is required — with state-of-the-art non-animal tests
  • An ever-growing number of non-animal tests are available and accepted by regulatory authorities worldwide, including the human reconstructed skin models EpiDerm™ and EPISKIN™ for skin irritation, the Fluroescein Leakage test for eye irritation, and the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake test for sunlight-induced phototoxicity.
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Industry Bid Could Overturn EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

Industry Bid Could Overturn EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

When I received this update from Humane Society International, I was completely shocked by what I was reading. If the EFfCI gets what they want, EU cosmetic companies can use the results from new animal testing in their ingredients. This is a big step back from the current EU ban on animal testing. I try to not share updates from organizations too often but felt that this one was too important to not post.


Campaigners Await High Court Decision on Industry Bid to Overturn EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban 

(24 Nov. 2014) At the High Court today, animal protection group Humane Society International condemned an attempt by EFfCI, ingredient suppliers to the cosmetics industry, to undermine the EU’s historic cosmetics animal testing ban. The Court has deferred its judgment, expected in a few weeks.

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign is the world’s leading initiative for a global end to animal testing for cosmetics, which was instrumental in securing implementation of the EU ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics on 11 March 2013. The campaigners held a rabbit flash-mob outside the European Commission in Brussels to present nearly half a million petition signatures. #BeCrueltyFree is backed by stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Leona Lewis and Melanie C.

The High Court action was brought by the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients, a trade association representing more than 100 specialty chemical producers who supply ingredients to cosmetics manufacturers. EFfCI’s legal challenge is seeking to allow EU cosmetics companies to use results from new animal testing conducted in non-EU countries to meet non-EU regulations. HSI says this would undermine EU legislation banning the sale of ingredients tested on animals after 11 March 2013, and would mean that almost no animal testing would actually be prohibited.

Emily McIvor, Policy Director for HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, said from the High Court: “The cosmetics industry’s legal challenge on the EU’s historic cosmetics animal testing ban, is self-serving and greedy. Consumers will be outraged that industry is trying to undermine this world-leading ban that says subjecting rabbits and other animals to painful and lethal testing for cosmetics is unacceptable, no matter where in the world it takes place. We urge the Court to reject industry’s case and uphold the EU ban on cosmetics cruelty.”

It is unknown whether EFfCI was acting alone, or whether its member chemical or cosmetics companies benefiting from the anonymity of their trade association membership are behind the legal challenge. EFfCI’s Associate Members include the UK’s BACS Personal Care Group representing around 120 members including Marks & Spencer and The Co-operative Group – both certified as cruelty-free by the international Leaping Bunny standard.

HSI’s Emily McIvor said: “As this legal action has been fronted by a trade association, it’s impossible to know which companies are really behind it. If cruelty-free company associate members were unaware that their trade association has been attempting to undermine the EU’s cosmetics animal testing ban, we would expect them to be very alarmed indeed.”

HSI estimates that between 100,000 – 200,000 rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals suffer each year in cosmetics tests globally. These involve rabbits being restrained and having chemicals dripped in their eyes, guinea pigs having raw chemicals applied to their shaved skin, and rodents having chemicals pumped directly into their stomach in huge and even lethal doses. Such animal testing, and the sale of cosmetics so tested, is now outlawed throughout the 28 countries of the EU, EFTA States, Israel and India. #BeCrueltyFree campaigning has also resulted in legislative proposals for similar bans in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States.

Facts

  • #BeCrueltyFree is the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing, supported by stars such as Leona Lewis, Rick Gervais and Melanie C
  • More than 1 million #BeCrueltyFree pledges have been signed so far for a worldwide end to cosmetics cruelty
  • There are more than 600 cosmetics companies certified as cruelty-free under the international Leaping Bunny scheme
  • An estimated 8,000 or more cosmetic ingredients are already available and in widespread global use. Companies can manufacture cosmetics without animal testing by combining existing ingredients with histories of safe use — for which no new testing is required — with state-of-the-art non-animal tests
  • An ever-growing number of non-animal tests are available and accepted by regulatory authorities worldwide, including the human reconstructed skin models EpiDerm™ and EPISKIN™ for skin irritation, the Fluroescein Leakage test for eye irritation, and the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake test for sunlight-induced phototoxicity.
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Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

TV’s Phoebe Dykstra Asks Politicians to Have a Heart for Animals, Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Star supports #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign for World Animal Day

MONTREAL (01 Oct. 2014)—Phoebe Dykstra, social media personality and former MTV Canada host, has chosen the week of World Animal Day (Oct. 4) to urge Canada to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics. Rabbits are commonly used in cosmetics tests during which they can have chemicals dripped in their eyes and spread on their delicate skin. Such testing is cruel and unnecessary, says Phoebe, who is giving her support to the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign, a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.

To demonstrate her support, Phoebe took to Twitter and Instagram, posting a photo of herself wearing a #BeCrueltyFree t-shirt and bunny ears. She Tweeted “Canada! Be beautiful without hurting bunnies! Ban cosmetics animal testing #BeCrueltyFree”.

Phoebe said: “I’m a proud Canadian, but I’m not proud that it’s still legal in Canada to test on bunnies and other gentle creatures for cosmetics. Causing animals pain for the sake of a lip-liner or an eye-shadow can never be justified. And that’s why so many other countries around the world have banned the practice. I want Canada to be one of them, I want Canada to #BeCrueltyFree!”  

Thanks in large part to #BeCrueltyFree campaigning, animal testing for cosmetics is already banned across the European Union, Norway, Israel and India, and legislative bans have also been proposed in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States. But the practice remains legal in around 80 per cent of countries globally, including Canada.

Aviva Vetter, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaigner, said: “We’re thrilled to have Phoebe’s support for an end to cosmetics cruelty in Canada. She’s the perfect #BeCrueltyFree advocate – she loves make-up but not at the expense of animals. It’s so sad to think that in laboratories around the world and right here in Canada, animals can still suffer for our beauty despite the fact that it’s so easy to produce cosmetics without animal testing. So this World Animal Day #BeCrueltyFree is asking Canada’s politicians to have a heart for animals and ban cosmetics cruelty.”

Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice all endure untold suffering for the beauty industry. Developed in the 1940s, skin and eye irritation tests involve holding rabbits in full body restraints so that chemicals can be applied to their eyes and skin. These tests are notoriously unreliable as well as extremely cruel, causing eye reddening, swelling, ulceration, even blindness, skin cracking and bleeding. Unlike humans, rabbits have no tear ducts so they can’t cry out the harmful substances.

Phoebe joins other celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Leona Lewis who have spoken out against cosmetic animal testing on behalf of #BeCrueltyFree.

Say “no” to cruel cosmetics in Canada by signing the #BeCrueltyFree pledge here.

Be Cruelty-Free Canada is a partnership between Humane Society International/Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada, and is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, #BeCrueltyFree is driving policy change across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and in the U.S. where the campaign is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States – on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

A note from Tashina of Logical Harmony – I was SO excited when Phoebe posted this on Instagram. I thought it was amazing that she was sharing her support for the #BeCrueltyFree campaign. As you may or may not remember, I was a part of a video campaign when this first launched. I was even more excited about this when I saw a comment Phoebe made on her Instagram photo! Thank you for supporting #BeCrueltyFree AND Logical Harmony, Phoebe!

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Vegan Cuts Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Box Review

[maxbutton id=”1″][maxbutton id=”2″]Vegan Cuts Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Box Review

When the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts first came out, I was so amazed at the selection of products that it contained! Vegan Cuts put this box together with the Humane Society of the United States to help celebrate their Be Cruelty-Free campaign. I was lucky enough to actually take part in a Be Cruelty-Free video campaign that was put together by Humane Society International. I was really happy to see that campaign and one of my favorite online vegan shops collaborating! When Vegan Cuts offered to send me a box for review, I could not wait to try it!

Included in the Be Cruelty-Free Box are several full size products and several large sample sizes. The items included are:

  • Crazy Rumors – Leaping Bunny Lip Balm
  • Dr. Bronner’s – Liquid Castile Soap
  • Schmidt’s – Cedarwood & Juniper Deodorant
  • Beauty Without Cruelty – Moisture Plus Shampoo
  • Aubrey Organics – Natural Sun SPF 45
  • Blissoma – Awake Morning Firming Facial Moisture
  • Biao Beauty – Rejuvenating Mask
  • The HSUS – Cosmetics Bag with Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide and Pledge Card

I was seriously amazed by all the goodies in this box. Vegan Cuts and HSUS really outdid themselves! There are cruelty free and vegan items for every aspect of your beauty routine.

My favorites from the box are the lip balm, soap, and deodorant. Crazy Rumors makes some of the best vegan lip balms I have tried. Their formula is really moisturizing without being heavy, and it’s not too shiny. This fruity flavor is delicious! You can use Dr. Bronner’s for everything. From hand soap to washing make-up brushes, for your laundry, and even as dish soap. I just bought a bottle of the rose liquid soap, but love the original peppermint scent  too. This deodorant from Schmidt’s has previously been reviewed on Logical Harmony, and I mentioned Schmidt’s as a great product in my article for Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. This is such a great scent and I love that I now have a back-up tub.

I can’t wait to start incorporating all of the products into my hair and skin care routines so that I can review each product individually.

The Be Cruelty-Free Box is a great combination of products and perfect for anyone who is new to cruelty-free living or just wants some new items to try. The retail value of all the items inside comes to over $100. At $39 (plus shipping) this box is an amazing deal!

Did you pick up the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts? What were your favorite items?