You may know already that animal testing on cosmetics products within the EU is in fact not allowed. Today we want to clear up why this is not exactly 100% true and why you should always choose cosmetics products with a certification/ registration e.g. PETA or The Vegan Society in order to be sure you are in fact buying a 100% cruelty-free product. Watch the video here.
FAQ: Animal Testing on Cosmetics - is it allowed?
It is true that testing cosmetics products on animals within the EU is illegal. However, this regulation only takes into consideration the finished product meaning it is possible that some of the raw ingredients may still have been tested on animals. Of course, this is not always the case – many raw ingredients are well established in the cosmetics industry and do not need to be tested on animals (anymore) and there are alternative methods to test the safety of any new ingredients. However, sometimes the ingredients may come from suppliers from other countries where animal testing is still allowed and used. Furthermore, if a company sells their products in mainland China, this company cannot be considered 100% cruelty-free because in order to enter the Chinese market any cosmetics product, by law, must be tested on animals. This is why it is so important to choose brands that register the products with certifications such as ›PETA‹ or ›The Vegan Society‹ because these organizations check where each ingredient as well as finished product come from and whether or not they have been tested on animals.
It is also important to note that cruelty-free does not automatically mean that a product is also vegan. A registered cruelty-free product simply ensures that the product or its ingredients have never been tested on animals, but the product might still contain animal derived ingredients such as honey, carmine or lanolin. Products registered from ›The Vegan Society‹ and ›PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan‹ are always both cruelty-free and 100% vegan.
We hope we could clear up any questions regarding animal testing within the cosmetics industry (in the EU). If you are not sure if a product is cruelty-free or not, make sure you reach out to the company via e-mail or Facebook and simply ask them.
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