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.
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.
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.
One of the most commonly asked about brands here on Logical Harmony is Juice Beauty. Some time ago, the brand changed their public stance on animal testing to say that they tested on animals as required by law. Then the FAQ question about animal testing on their site was removed. Since that time, readers have reported a variety of mixed responses from the brand. PETA did not remove them from their Brands Who Do Not Test on Animals list.
Today, I received word from PETA that Juice Beauty is being awarded by them for leaving the Chinese market. The press release is below. It’s informative and helpful, but reveals little news from the brand itself.
The brand has been on the Logical Harmony Brands to Avoid list since they told me they did test as required by law. Despite the release below, I am waiting to hear back from Juice Beauty itself before moving the brand to a different area of the list. As with any brand, cruelty free or not, I prefer to wait until I have an official response from the brand before promoting them as a brand to trust or a brand to avoid.
For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2013
JUICE BEAUTY RECEIVES PETA AWARD FOR ENDING SALES IN CHINA TO STAY CRUELTY-FREE
Organic Eco-Beauty Company Withdraws From Lucrative Market Rather Than Testing on Animals
San Rafael, Calif. — After learning from PETA that the Chinese government currently requires cosmetics and personal-care companies to pay for archaic and cruel tests on animals in order to market their products there, organic cosmetics giant Juice Beauty has made the compassionate decision to end all sales in China.
For staying true to its cruelty-free principles, Juice Beauty will receive PETA’s Courage in Commerce Award. Other ethical companies that have put principles before profit and pulled out of the Chinese market include Paul Mitchell Systems, Dermalogica, Pangea Organics, and Nature’s Gate. And a growing list of compassionate companies—including NYX, Urban Decay, and San Francisco—based 100% Pure—have pledged not to enter the Chinese market until the requirements for tests on animals are lifted.
“PETA is proud to recognize Juice Beauty for ensuring that no animals anywhere in the world are harmed for the company’s fantastic products,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Compassionate companies and consumers alike are standing up and pledging to support only modern, humane cosmetics testing.”
Juice Beauty spokesperson and actor Alicia Silverstone is a longtime PETA supporter and one of the group’s most popular vegan celebrity activists. She has supported PETA in encouraging kind shoppers to choose cruelty-free companies, which are easier than ever to find with PETA’s online list of companies that don’t test on animals and PETA’s global cruelty-free shopping guide (available on PETA.org).
In China, approximately 300,000 rabbits, mice, and rats are poisoned and killed every year in cruel, unreliable tests, which are illegal in the EU, India, and Israel.
In early 2012, PETA first broke the story that some companies claiming to be cruelty-free were secretly paying for tests on animals in China and immediately initiated a unique effort to end these cruel cosmetics testing requirements. PETA called on experts at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to provide Chinese officials with training in the use of non-animal methods.
Thanks in part to grants from PETA, scientists from IIVS have set up training laboratories at four different universities in China and have been training Chinese scientists in non-animal test methods. China is now in the process of approving the country’s first non-animal cosmetics test method and has a five-year plan for the acceptance of all non-animal test methods used in the EU.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.