In order to round out the introduction phase and before I start with reviews, I’ll touch on two final issues I didn’t put into the last post.
EU – since 2013 the EU has banned animal testing in its borders and the sale of products or ingredients tested on animals anywhere in the world. An exception is made for products/ingredients tested before the ban. This was HUGE! Of course there was a phasing out program but nearing the end of 2015 most if not all companies now adhere to the strict rules. So all in all buying EU products should be safe. The loophole you should look for is companies testing in China because it is conducted by the government not by the companies themselves.
Israel – followed suit after the EU ban and now bans testing on animals for cosmetics, in addition to this year closing the last monkey farm meant for shipment of monkeys to testing labs mainly in the USA. There’s also an app in Hebrew published by the Israeli humane society with a list of companies sold in Israel that test/don’t test.
India, Norway and New Zealand – all have banned testing! While Canada is making very big strides.
China – Here lies the problem. The Chinese government requires testing on products and ingredients arriving from outside China so any company that would like to enter the Chinese market has to consent to animal testing. Companies will say that they don’t test themselves nor do they pay third parties in China to test for them, all testing is carried out by the Chinese government so it is out of their control, etc etc (this is also the reason these products are still accepted in the EU). But I beg to differ – enormous companies like L’Oreal, Estee Lauder and more have the power to stand up to China and tell its government they won’t be selling their products where animals are being hurt for no reason, besides the fact that testing isn’t obligatory for products bought online. But alas, the appeal of such a large market is just too great and they all play along. My greatest disappointment was L’Occitane who were leaping bunny certified before they decided to enter China.
Smaller companies are bought by larger companies all the time. But what to do when a smaller company that is/was committed to no animal testing is bought by a larger one that does?
That’s a question only you can decide on. There are two choices: either continue buying the smaller company brand to show the bigger parent company they should invest more in companies committed to do no harm or ban the smaller company because of its parent. Either way, I don’t think there’s a wrong choice. My personal opinion is that if a company continues to be committed to the cruelty-free way I can support it.
So…with this I think I’ve covered all the things I think people should know and look for. If you have any questions, corrections, comments please let me know.
Next week we get to reviews!!!
Featured image by the great Gilad Mashiah (my wedding album is also featured on his site 🙂 )
Bunny Image courtesy of piyato @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net