Written by Michelle Kretzer
Rabbits are on a
giant Nature's Gate
just became the fourth company to pull out of the Chinese market until the
country stops requiring tests
on animals for cosmetics. After talks with PETA, Nature's Gate agreed that there is nothing pretty about tormenting
animals in laboratories, and the company chose to forgo the large Chinese
market, rather than sacrificing its commitment to being cruelty-free.
PETA is proud to give Nature's Gate our
Courage in Commerce Award for its dedication to offering a wide array of
quality personal-care and beauty products without harming animals
anywhere in the world.
And Nature's Gate is in good company: Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and Pangea
Organics have all pulled their products out of China in order to save animals' lives,
and many more companies, such as Urban Decay and NYX, have refused to sell in China until the animal testing requirements are lifted.
As a result, these conscientious companies are being rewarded with even more
customer support, and with the help of the scientists PETA is helping to fund, China is prepping to approve its
first non-animal testing method.
Please join us in thanking Nature's Gate, and continue to support companies that don't test on animals by checking PETA's
online list of companies that do and that don't test on animals. Order your own free copy of PETA's first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide and take it with you every time you shop! Naturally.
Today is a monumental day. Starting today,
any cosmetics product or ingredient that is tested on animals anywhere in the
world cannot be sold in
the European Union. So every one of the 500
million EU consumers will be purchasing only cruelty-free cosmetics.
The European Parliament had already banned
cosmetics companies from tormenting
animals in cruel tests on EU soil. But now
that the deadline for the last step of this historic phased-in
ban on animal testing has arrived, companies eyeing the lucrative EU market will
have to abandon all animal tests anywhere in the world for both their finished
products and their ingredients. The ban has already led many companies
to invest in advanced
non-animal testing methods, sparing countless
rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and other animals from having chemicals
dumped into their eyes, poured down their throats, and ground into their skin.
The EU ban reflects the public's conviction
that cosmetics should not be valued over animals' lives. People on this side of
the pond can let our voices be heard, too—by purchasing only
cruelty-free products. Please order PETA's free Beauty Without
Bunnies Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide today, and PETA's online database of companies that don't
test on animals—anywhere in the world—makes it as
easy as point, click, and save lives.
that test their products on animals needn't bother trying to ship them to
Israel, because, starting New Year's Day, the country banned the import, sale,
and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaners. Previously,
in 2007, the Israeli
government had banned using animals to test personal-care and
household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in
2010 and came into effect January 1, 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves,
blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even
crossing Israel's border.
and our affiliates are working to end the testing of cosmetics and household
products on animals in countries around the world, and Israel has proved that a
full ban on such vile products is not only possible but also ethically
responsible. The EU had passed
a similar ban, which
was also scheduled to take effect in 2013, but lawmakers are now considering
extending that deadline. PETA
and PETA U.K. have been pushing hard to get the EU to uphold
the original end date. In addition, PETA India is trying to get a similar ban implemented in that
country, and the effort has a lot
of momentum. PETA
and PETA Asia have been helping
Chinese scientists switch to in vitro
cosmetics testing methods and are encouraging the
Chinese government to accept the results in place of the animal tests that it
currently requires. And in the U.S., PETA has been purchasing stock in companies that conduct animal
tests so that we can propose
shareholder resolutions to switch to humane testing methods.
But despite all the
legal hullabaloo, we can at least designate our homes cruelty-free areas. It's
easy to select personal-care and household products that weren't tested on
animals by glancing at PETA's
new global Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide, the latest complete
list of companies that refuse to conduct or pay for any animal tests anywhere
in the world.
two decades of touting their "no animal testing" policies, Avon,
Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay have quietly resumed paying for cruel tests on animals—without letting consumers know
about this stunning about-face. After confirming with each company that
chemicals are being dripped into rabbits' eyes and that substances are being rubbed
onto animals' skin because of requirements of the Chinese government in order
to market products in that country, PETA has downgraded the companies to our "do test" list.
companies were among the first large international cosmetics manufacturers to ban
all tests on animals after being targeted by PETA. Avon was the first in 1989, following
PETA's "Avon Killing" campaign, a play on the company's then-slogan "Avon
Calling." Mary Kay came next, after being publicly lampooned by cartoonist
in a series called The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos
in his hilarious Bloom County
comic strip. Estée Lauder soon followed suit.
each test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal methods are available. Mary Kay
had taken steps to
work with Chinese officials on the acceptance of these tests, but Avon and Estée
Lauder seem to have agreed to the tests without objection. PETA has jump-started
the effort for non-animal test validation by awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists
and regulatory bodies to replace animal tests in China.
Please let Avon,
Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay know that you won't buy their products
until they are 100 percent cruelty-free once again. Fortunately for animals, you
can still choose from more than 1,000 companies in PETA's online searchable database of cosmetics and
personal-care companies that don't harm animals at home or abroad.
Written by PETA
PETA's 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity
and shelter dog advocate Emma
have another (synthetic) feather to put in their nonwool caps.
The ladies each earned a PETA Kind
Choices Award for promoting cruelty-free cosmetics from Revlon, one of the
first cosmetics companies to ban all animal testing.
and Emma are gorgeous living proof that women can save animals' lives with
every mascara, eye shadow, and blush product they purchase. In addition to
Revlon, hundreds of other companies, including Almay, Kiss
My Face and ELF,
refuse to test their products on animals. Check out PETA's handy cruelty-free guide for the
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Pamela Anderson has proven time and time again that she is beautiful, inside and out. Now you have a chance to win Pamela's heart—or rather, her heart-shaped bag filled with cruelty-free cosmetics from her own line.
All you have to do to have a chance to win one of the five cosmetics sets we're giving away is make up a caption for this sweet photo of Olivia the rat:
Mine would be "Gee, your cruelty-free-shampooed hair smells terrific!" Top mine with your amazing caption and you might win.
Written by Karin Bennett
We're carefully watching a bill that was recently introduced in Congress. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA) aims to ensure the safety of all cosmetics ingredients. Sounds great, right? I know I don't want to smear toxic chemicals on my face or swipe them across my lips.
On the surface, the SCA looks wonderful: Even the language in support of alternatives to animal testing is good. However, even though the bill supports the development of—and requires the use of—non-animal testing methods whenever possible, most "safety" testing is still performed on animals using tests that were designed in the 1930s and '40s. These tests fail to provide reliable information that can be used to protect people, and their continued use would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals.
To provide greater protection to people and animals and to ensure that U.S. manufacturers will not be driven from the European market, this bill should be made consistent with the European Cosmetics Directive, which explicitly prohibits the testing of cosmetics on animals.
Please check back for updates—we'll keep you informed. In the meantime, you can help animals now by contacting your members of Congress about another important piece of legislation that needs stronger language to require the use of non-animal testing methods. You can also help protect animals by only buying products from cruelty-free companies.
Written by Shawna Flavell
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