Thursday, 26 April 2012

REACH and why it sucks.

Hello beauties!

Sorry my post is late today. I feel like I've been run over by a truck, and then reversed over again. :) My wonderful other half is turning 27 years old tomorrow. This means family and friends gathering at our little hole in the earth to celebrate. This means feeding a lot of people, which led to baking many, many sausage rolls. My husband doesn't believe in store bought, just-pop-us-in-the-oven-type sausage rolls. We had to make them all from scratch. So between cleaning the house and getting everything ready for tomorrow, I was cooking too. We finished last night at half past one. I AM TIRED. O_o Anyway, it's worth it. On today's production line I have 3 (yes, three) cakes to bake, as well as a batch of chocolate muffins for the occasion. I'll take a picture for you and post it tomorrow. (:

Anyway, today's topic is a heavy one again. I want to tell you about the European Union's REACH legislation, and what it means in the fight on animal cruelty.

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemical substances.

What does that mean? Well, it means the EU want to protect human consumers, by testing all substances that are used in products used for human health and environment. Cosmetics fall in this group, so cosmetics are tested. The thing with REACH is, that even products that have been tested before, have to be tested again in most cases. Animal protection organisations have actually found a loophole or two, and could stop some of the tests from taking place.

Now REACH mostly consists of toxicity tests. This means that they test the poison level in ingredients, and thus it also means that many (and I'm talking millions here) animals are force fed chemicals and are poisoned by them.

The original amount of animals to be tested for REACH was estimated at 13 million, but this number has been replaced with 45 million estimated. All these animals are effectively poisoned. It's not a heartening thought at all. What makes it worse is that all these animals either die because of the tests, or are killed if they survive. So all of the 45 million will die.

Let's take it a step further. How many chemical stuff can't we use while we're pregnant? We can't dye our hair with things containing ammonia and peroxide just to name one. So every year, the cosmetic industry loses millions of women for around nine months, and maybe the time they spend breastfeeding. Don't you think they'd try to get products safe to use for pregnant women out there? This is why a lot of the animal testing is conducted on pregnant animals.

Let that sink in for a moment. This means that whenever an test is conducted on a pregnant animal, at least four animals die. So that 45 million is really a lot more, because they're not counting the unborn animals they're killing.

The most of the tests are carried out on rats, mice, birds, fish, guinea pigs and rabbits and REACH has been running from 2009, and will continue to go until 2018.

For more info, check here and here.

Another piece of breaking news is that the deadline placed for all European companies to abolish animal testing, 2013, may be pushed up to 2023. This means that L'Oreal and affiliates and all the other cruelty endorsing companies have ten more years added in their killing spree. Now there is a petition you can sign that was put into place by the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) and the ECEAE (European Coalition to End Animal Experiments), which may make a difference in this regard. With enough signatures, they may be able to stop the ten years to be added. I hope you sign it. I have.

Stay beautiful AND BE KIND TO ANIMALS,

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