Wednesday, 16 May 2012

China on the road to stop testing on animals!

Hello beauties!

I'm super excited to bring you this awesome piece of information : China is involved in talks with PETA USA to stop testing cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients on animals! This is incredible news since all companies who sell their products in China have to have their products tested to make sure they're safe for the Chinese populace. But this means that cruelty to animals continues there, even if our beloved cosmetics brands don't test in the rest of the world. If you have no idea what I'm rambling about, please click here before you continue reading this post!

So, what's changed? Well, there is the EU's 2013 deadline to stop all animal testing in Europe (though this may still be extended to 2023, I'll keep you updated). This deadline is obviously going to cause trouble as far as China is concerned, simply because products have to be tested before it can be sold there. And I mean, honestly, anyone with a conscience is going to start feeling guilty about animal testing eventually... So PETA has started negotiating on behalf of our furry friends, and the Chinese government has responded positively to the suggestions.

Why stop animal testing, and how will they replace it? Well, there have been many different testing methods available in the last two decades, most of which are more accurate than the actual animal tests. Think about it, our DNA and that of a rabbit is pretty different, and they react to things differently than we would. Testing on human volunteers, using data from old tests and so on, is more accurate! They use all the same ingredients anyway, and have been using it forever! These days, they do tests using In Vitro science in which cells are cultivated, which is exactly what PETA proposed to Chinese authorities.

You can read more about this topic here, and I'll keep you updated on the new developments. This is an incredible step in the right direction!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


2 comments:

  1. Hi Yolandie,
    I saw this article in a recent journal that I read in RSC Chemistry World and thought I'd share it with you.

    Non-animal Testing

    L’Oreal, the International cosmetics firm, has joined the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help advance the EPA’s Tox Cast System for high-throughput chemical screening.
    Twenty chemicals found in L’Oreal’s products will be tested by Tox Cast to establish whether the system can predict the chemicals’ toxicity.
    Tox Cast has been validated using hundreds of chemicals already, but until now no chemicals used in cosmetics have been tested.
    It is hoped that Tox Cast will eventually reduce the number of time-consuming, animal-intensive toxicity tests currently used by the EPA. L’Oreal has committed $1.2 million (£750,000) to the EPA’s Office of Research & Development to fund the work.

    RSC Chemistry World, May 2012/Volume 09/Number 05/Page 4

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    1. Thank you for your comment Angie! Now we just need to pray that all of these toxicity tests are completed by next year, so L'Oreal can join the 'safe' list!

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