I hope this is not a ho-hum topic for you, because suffering is real and we should try to alleviate it whenever we can - whether to humans or animals.
As far as I know, the US is nowhere near banning cruel cosmetic
animal testing. To date, h ow many billions of animals have we
sacrificed on the altars of vanity over many, many years? Having
personally known about this cruel cosmetic testing on animals in
the 80's, it probably existed many years before that.
Even though the US is not leading the effort to ban cruel cosmetic
testing on animals, I am happy to report that the EU is set to do
so this spring.
Thank God, at least in those EU countries -white bunnies will no
longer be placed in stocks with their side fur shaved to allow
cosmetics to be smeared on their exposed shaved flesh. I'm sure
they experienced horrific pain from this procedure. The picture
I have seen of one poor bunny revealed to me just how insensitve
we can be to our fellow living creatures in the name of vanity.
I don't know if the 50/50 test was still being used in the EU, but
in this test small animals -principally dogs would be force-fed
cosmetics, and when 50 percent of them died an excruciating death
from ingesting cosmetics, the test was finished. A terrible, cruel
death to these poor dogs -again for vanity sake.
This banning by the EU is welcome news indeed. After decades of
delay, the European Union is set to enact its ban on cosmetic animal
testing in the spring.
Per Alicia Graef - the writer of this good news post - "Beginning on
March 11, (2013) anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU will not
be allowed to test finished products or their ingredients on animals
anywhere in the world, whether or not an alternative to animal testing
Personally, I feel that the EU is surprisingly progressive. They have
recently banned the horrid gestation crates used for sows where they
cannot even turn around, and now this much needed ban on using animals
in cosmetic testing.
Sadly though, this ban does not apply to using animals to test household
products. However, this cosmetic animal ban is a big step forward which
I hope will some day soon be followed with a ban on testing household
products o n animals as well.
If we want to be humane, environmentally conscious, and not use products
tested on animals, we should use natural products for cleaning -like
vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. You can even make your own furniture
polish if you choose. Many of these recipes can be found on the internet
I try to buy products which have not been tested on animals, and I believe
when it comes to personal needs -glycerine soap and Dr. Bronner products
are in this category. Of course, you can search the internet for other
cruelty-free products. I was surprised to find out that Arm and Hammer
products use animal testing so I found another company which also makes
The EU ban is supported by the HSI, the British Union for the Abolition
of Vivisection and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments.
In this regard, Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free
"This is truly an historic event and the culmination of over 20 years
of campaigning. Now we will apply determination and vision on a global
stage to ensure that the rest of the world follows this lead."
And there is more good news. Israel also reported that they too have a
ban on animall testing for cosmetics AND household products. India
announced that they are also considering a similar move. God bless
them both for their compassionate efforts in this regard.