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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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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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Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States

Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States

Currently, the United States does not require animal testing for cosmetics and beauty products. Brands are able to be completely cruelty free all the way down to ingredient suppliers without any worry. As a vegan consumer, this is something that I love. Being able to trust so many brands to be free of animal testing and ingredients is an amazing thing! Sadly, this may be changing.

Leaping Bunny notified me last week about a potential change in policy. It’s taken me a while to get the news up because, to be honest, I simply did not want to believe that such a huge step backwards could even be considered. Thinking about what it means for the beauty industry, so many businesses, and so many individuals (both consumers and animals) is heartbreaking to say the least. With so many countries around the world taking steps in the right direction on this, how could the U.S. even consider something that is such a step back?

Animal testing aside, the costs to businesses would be very high if this Act goes into effect. It would likely put many independent and small brands out of business. With so many cruelty free and vegan brands emerging all the time, this would be a major hit to many small business owners.

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is a legislation that is intended to overhaul the way that cosmetic products are regulated in the U.S.

Recently published research shows that up to 11.5 million animals would be required to test and retest finished products and ingredients for safety, reversing a decades-long decline in animal testing for cosmetics. Altex recently published an online first summary of the Safety Evaluations Under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates. 

The proposed Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 calls for a new evaluation program for cosmetic ingredients in the US, with the new assessments initially dependent on expanded animal testing. This paper considers possible testing scenarios under the proposed Act and estimates the number of test animals and cost under each scenario. It focuses on the impact for the first 10 years of testing, the period of greatest impact on animals and costs. The analysis suggests the first 10 years of testing under the Act could evaluate, at most, about 50% of ingredients used in cosmetics. Testing during this period would cost about $ 1.7-$ 9 billion and 1-11.5 million animals. By test year 10, alternative, high-throughput test methods under development are expected to be available, replacing animal testing and allowing rapid evaluation of all ingredients. Given the high cost in dollars and animal lives of the first 10 years for only about half of ingredients, a better choice may be to accelerate development of high-throughput methods. This would allow evaluation of 100% of cosmetic ingredients before year 10 at lower cost and without animal testing.

The rationale for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is not clearly stated in the act.

While it appears that the ultimate goal is to create better alternatives to animal testing, this is simply a massive step in the wrong direction. It is also in direct contradiction to major leaps forward in the past year such as the bans on animal testing in the EU, India, Israel, and Brazil. Even China, where animal testing is currently required by law, may be adjusting their stance later this year.

What can you do about the SCPCPA act? As a consumer, it’s important to remember that you hold a lot of power in your hands. Your voice is incredibly strong and it’s important to use it! Here are some ways in which you can use your voice on this issue:

  • Write to your state Congress and Senate representatives. Let them know your thoughts on the issue, that you oppose this act, and hope they will as well. I was unable to find out who would be voting on this issue, but this is your best bet.
  • Oppose the issue on Open Congress. Thank you to Logical Harmony reader Monica for letting me know about this one! You can find the bill on Open Congress and directly send your rep a letter about opposing the bill. Find the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) here – http://bit.ly/LBARrO
  • Sign the petition started by Logical Harmony on Change.org. This just takes a couple of minutes and can have a big impact if a lot of signatures are received. You can find the petition here – http://chn.ge/1dsKmk0
  • Let cruelty free brands know that you support them. This can be done in two ways – supporting them with your words (let them know how much you appreciate their stance on animal testing) and supporting them with your dollars. By only purchasing items that are not tested on animals (and free of animal ingredients!) you are doing your part to show where you want your hard earned money to be spent. The costs to businesses would be very high if this Act goes into effect. It would likely put many independent and small brands out of business. Please don’t let that happen!
  • Support organizations that are fighting to spread the message about cruelty free living! Follow these organizations on social networks and share their updates with your readers. They often set up social media and letter writing campaigns – take part in these!
  • Support your favorite cruelty free and vegan blogs! These blogs are an easy way to find out about brands to support, but it’s also a great community to connect with. Doing what you can to spread the word about how important it is to use cruelty free options will impact things in a major way. Especially if you start sharing posts with your friends who do not currently buy cruelty free items and get them to start supporting a cruelty free lifestyle.
  • Share this post! Help spread awareness and education by Pinning, Tweeting, emailing, and sharing on Facebook. Here’s a tweet that you can easily copy & paste: Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States. Please don’t let this happen! http://bit.ly/1lBKOq1 via @LogicalHarmony 
  • Share the Leaping Bunny post about this act! Leaping Bunny created a quick and easy to understand breakdown, which can be found here – http://bit.ly/1ayCjr5. Share this on Twitter, Facebook, and email it to people you know.

Leaping Bunny has issued a press release about this topic, which is located below. They also have a great list of quick facts about the Act, which can be found here – http://bit.ly/1ayCjr5. I echo Leaping Bunny’s concerns and am honored that they gave me a heads up on this story so that I could share it with readers here. Leaping Bunny is an organization that I trust, and I appreciate that they have the interest of animals at the core of their values.

Study Finds Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act will result in an increase in animal testing

January 27, 2014

PHILADELPHIA—The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which operates the Leaping Bunny Program in the U.S. and Canada, has serious concerns about the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA), H.R. 1385, legislation intended to overhaul the way cosmetic products are regulated in the United States. Recently published research shows that up to 11.5 million animals would be required to test and retest finished products and ingredients for safety, reversing a decades-long decline in animal testing for cosmetics.

The article, “Safety Evaluations Under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates,” published on January 24, 2014 in ALTEX, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, calculated that passage of the SCPCPA will result in a minimum of one million animals being used in new required testing and will cost companies between $1.7-$9 billion to perform these tests, a dramatic increase over current testing costs and numbers of animals used.

Co-author of the article Jean Knight states, “In reading the Act, I was surprised to see that it would increase animal testing of cosmetics, since this is counter to the worldwide trend to reduce animal testing. The Act’s language can’t be easily understood unless you have some background in toxicology, so this impact was flying under the radar. Many Leaping Bunny certified companies were actually supporting the Act, unaware of the implications for animal testing. The article hopefully brings this information onto the radar so that people can make informed decisions.”

Sue Leary, Chair of the CCIC states, “The authors of this article have done a great service in demonstrating that SCPCPA is a regressive bill. There has been a decisive move in recent years away from cruel and unnecessary animal testing but this bill reverses that. It’s hard to imagine why legislators would want to increase animal testing for things like lipstick and shampoo. Consumers certainly don’t want this and companies don’t either.”

CCIC believes the passage of this act is the wrong approach, and the United States should instead harmonize its cosmetics laws with those of the European Union, Israel, and India, which prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics and their component ingredients while ensuring consumer safety.

The Leaping Bunny Program offers the most up-to-date list of companies that have committed to no new animal testing throughout their manufacturing process, from ingredients to finished products. The Leaping Bunny Logo is consistently ranked by third parties as the cruelty-free logo that can be trusted the most.

For a one-page summary, click here http://leapingbunny.org/SafeCosmeticsAct.php and to read the article in its entirety, visit the ALTEX website: http://www.altex.ch/Online- first.95.html.Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti- Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. For more information, contact the CCIC at (888) 546-2242 or admin@leapingbunny.org.

As always, you can expect updates from Logical Harmony to be posted as they become available.

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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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