As you probably know I live in Bruxelles, capital of Europe, and I’m quite aware of the fact that I’m lucky to live in an geographic area that, in its own way, “respect” animals in term of testing for cosmetics purpose.
The ban of animal testing in Europe, when did it start?
The EU, which banned testing of finished animal products in 2004 and animal-tested ingredients in 2008, has announced on March 11, 2013 a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals and to pledge more efforts to push other parts of the world to accept alternatives.
This is mentioned in the REACH Regulation, which is aimed to place responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances also mentioned the ban on animal testing.
What does REACH says about animal testing?
The European Commission takes the concerns about the use of animals for testing seriously. Therefore REACH requires companies to share data and hence avoid unnecessary animal testing. Those wishing to perform tests must indicate to the European Chemicals Agency the tests they propose, for which they must then obtain approval before carrying them out. Under REACH, animal testing is to be avoided in favour of alternative methods and registrants can only carry out tests involving the use of animals as a last resort.
The Commission is also active in the field of developing alternative test methods, for example by the current Framework Programme for Research. The Commission operates the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), which is a global leader in the field. The Commission also created the TSAR tracking system to ensure that promising new methods can swiftly be adopted for regulatory use, including within REACH. The latest results of this work will be seen in the next amendment to the Test Methods Regulation.
What are the implications in my daily life as a consumer?
So basically this means that if I buy a lipstick from brand who is known to test on animal outside of Europe, I have the insurance that knowing that as buying this particular lipstick in Europe there is no chance that it has been tested on animals.
So the question is (and I get that often) why do I care so much about buying cruelty free beauty product while there is a tiny possibility for it to be tested on animals.
Well, as I said many times, I am not vegan but I care about animals.
And knowing that there are countries where there is absolutely no protection for them (USA, China, to tell the main ones), I have decided that if a brand is making test on animals to sell their product in a bigger market I don’t want to give them my money to allow this procedure.
And these tests are not justified at all. If in Europe a brand cannot test on animals to sell their beauty products, why do they have to do it for another country. This is unjustified.
And I am pretty sure for having watching documentaries that there are a lot of people in these countries who cares and fight about this non-sense practice. Therefore, I want to encourage them and I don’t want to stay in my bubble because I do think as a general rule that something you have fight to become a right will always have to be fight for.
As always, thanks for reading.