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Logical Harmony in the Humane Society International #BeCrueltyFree Video Campaign!

Logical Harmony in the Humane Society International #BeCrueltyFree Video Campaign!

I have some exciting news to share with you! I was featured in the Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree week campaign! This video is specifically about the importance of supporting brands who do not test on animals and bringing awareness to the issue of animal testing. I’m so excited to have been a part of this campaign and to be featured with such great company!

Beauty Bloggers Unite for Be Cruelty-Free Video Appeal to End Cosmetics Animal Testing   

LONDON (12 March 2014) – Some of the most popular and influential cruelty-free beauty bloggers on the web have come together to create a unique and fun video in support of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing.

Globally Be Cruelty-Free is run by Humane Society International, with Be Cruelty-Free USA co-ordinated by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Launched during Be Cruelty-Free Week, the video addresses a serious subject in a fun way and stars bloggers Jen Mathews (My Beauty Bunny), Lex Croucher (LexCanRoar), Tashina Combs (Logical Harmony), Courtney Nawara  (Phyrra), Sunny Subramanian (Vegan Beauty Review) and Nika Jabiyeva and Nina Nadazdin   (Pirouette Professional). These beauty experts love make-up but hate animal suffering, and have thousands of dedicated online followers who share their passion.

Jen Mathews from U.S.-based My Beauty Bunny said: “I am so excited to be a part of the Be Cruelty-Free video. It was an honour to work alongside such talented fellow beauty vloggers and I really hope that it goes viral and helps gets the word out that animal testing of cosmetics needs to stop!”

Claire Mansfield, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaigns director, said: “Social media plays a huge role in communicating ideas around the world, and in the blogosphere our video stars are some of the most influential voices on the subject of beauty without cruelty. We are thrilled to launch our new video and harness the power of the blog to help us end the suffering of animals in the global cosmetics industry.”

Last week, The HSUS was delighted to welcome the introduction of a landmark bill by U.S. Representative Jim Moran to end cosmetics animal testing in the United States. The aptly named Humane Cosmetics Act follows extensive campaigning by The HSUS and HSLF. The legislation seeks to end both cosmetics animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, replicating the end to testing and sales that HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign helped to achieve in the European Union.

Be Cruelty-Free drives change worldwide, having already achieved a national cosmetics animal testing ban in India, welcomed a state-wide testing ban in Sao Paulo as part of its Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign, and played an instrumental role in seeing China revise its cosmetics regulations for the first time in more than 20 years. Globally HSI runs Be Cruelty-Free campaigns across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Taiwan.

Watch and share the Be Cruelty-Free video here.

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Updates on China’s Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws

Updates on China's Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws
It was just announced that China may be planning to phase out animal testing that is currently required by law. The announcement is an exciting one as it could potentially mean giant changes in the beauty industry! However, a lot of things seemed confusing about the initial press release. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign issued an FAQ to help bring some clarity to the issue.

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China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing

China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing

This week the Be Cruelty-Free Campaign announced that China is going to make some revisions to their animal testing policies in 2014! This is another great step towards phasing out animal testing in this market! The Humane Society International has been actively involved in many campaigns against animal testing worldwide. Along with other organizations, a grant towards In Vitro Sciences has been provided to China in hopes that it will encourage their government to phase out animal testing laws.

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HSI to Submit a Proposal for Regulatory Revisions To Help Change China’s Animal Testing Laws

HSI to Submit a Proposal for Regulatory Revisions To Help Change China's Animal Testing Laws

Today Humane Society International announced plans to help China with non-animal testing in hopes that it assists with the process to change their animal testing regulations. At present time, all cosmetics sold in China are required by law to be tested on animals. HSI is submitting a detailed toxicology report to the Chinese Food and Drug Administration in hopes to accelerate the process of China moving away from animal testing and welcoming bans on animal testing, such as the EU, Isreal and India have in the past year.

This is an important campaign to stay up to date on because it massively effects the global beauty market. Many brands have started to test on animals in order to sell their products in China. It’s important to keep supporting truly cruelty free brands and supporting what organizations such as Humane Society International are doing in order to help show brands that the change is needed.

HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Welcomes Revision of China Cosmetics Law as Time to Modernise Without Animal Testing
 
LONDON (30 Sept.2013) – The Chinese government has announced that the country’s main cosmetics regulation is to be revised. Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign welcomes this move as the opportunity for China to move beyond animal testing in the cosmetics sector.  

Following the launch of Be Cruelty-Free China and a series of high-level meetings with government officials in Beijing earlier this year, HSI was pleased to see interest in modernizing China’s regulatory framework for cosmetics. The country’s ‘Regulations concerning the Hygiene Supervision over cosmetics’ has been in place unchanged since 1990 and requires that every new cosmetic product formulation intended for sale in China be animal tested in a government laboratory before being made available to Chinese consumers. The government also carries out follow-up animal testing of cosmetic products after they’ve been put on sale.
 
HSI’s toxicology experts have prepared a detailed submission for the China Food and Drug Administration, highlighting opportunities to reduce longstanding scientific and trade barriers. These include accelerating China’s acceptance of internationally recognized non-animal methods for safety testing, and aligning China’s animal testing policy with that of Europe, Israel and India, where such testing is banned for cosmetic products and ingredients.

Troy Seidle, HSI’s director of research and toxicology, said: “The revision of China’s cosmetics framework regulation is a pivotal moment in our Be Cruelty-Free China campaign and we are delighted to be contributing our scientific expertise. The science of non-animal safety testing has come a long way in the 23 years since China’s regulation was enacted, inspiring a global shift away from cosmetics animal testing and towards sophisticated computer and human tissue techniques. This is the right time to embrace these new approaches. We hope that China will align its cosmetics policy with Europe and other regions where cosmetics animal testing has already been abandoned, so that Chinese consumers can benefit from the cruelty-free cosmetics they clearly want and Chinese companies are free to sell their new cosmetics lines in the cruelty-free EU market.”  

HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free China campaign believes revising these rules to eliminate animal testing will improve consumer protection by moving away from decades-old toxicity tests that are poor predictors of human responses. As well as modernising safety testing, moving away from animal use would also allow the Chinese cosmetics industry to benefit from testing strategies that are often far faster and cheaper than animal testing.

China has a booming cosmetics industry, now one of the largest in the world with an estimated annual worth of more than 100 Billion RMB. While ethical consumerism and demand for cruelty-free cosmetics has grown in the last two decades, and many beauty brands have rejected animal testing in response, China’s animal test-based regulatory framework has created an increasing divide between the Chinese market and the growing number of countries choosing to outlaw cosmetics animal testing. Some brands such as LUSH, Paul Mitchell Systems and Urban Decay have pledged not to sell in China until the animal test requirement is removed.

Be Cruelty-Free China is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, HSI and its Be Cruelty-Free partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, China, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and beyond. 

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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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