L’OCCITANE’s Animal Testing Policy

RESEARCH: Regarding animal testing
ANSWERS: They test on animals when required by law (they sell in China)
RESULT: Not cruelty-free

Here is the animal testing policy from L’OCCITANE that I obtained from their website here. They claim that they are against animal testing but choose to stay in China (which requires animal testing) because “…given the limited economic and political weight of L’OCCITANE, ceasing to sell our products in China will not do anything to change local regulations. Instead, to move forward we decided to develop relationship with the Chinese authorities to pledge the case for the ending of animal testing for beauty products, through open dialogue.”

So basically, they are choosing profit over animal welfare and sugar coating it by trying to convince consumers that they’re staying in the market as animal rights advocates. It’s the same BS that other major companies use too and I’m not buying it. You don’t have to be within the market to advocate for change. I’m classifying them as not cruelty-free.

L’OCCITANE's Animal Testing Policy

SOURCE: Statement from L’OCCITANE on Animal Testing

For a list of animal testing policies by companies I’ve contacted, check out the list here: List of Animal Testing Policies by Companies.

São Paulo Bans Animal Testing On Cosmetics

Great news! São Paulo is the first state in Brazil to ban animal testing for cosmetics. There will be a fine placed on any institution that does not comply in the amount of $435,000 per animal and will be doubled for repeat offenders. The currency isn’t specified, but I’m guessing that’s in USD. That’s a steep price tag! The new ban will affect just over 700 of the 2,300 cosmetic companies in Brazil. I have not found any information on when the ban will take effect.

Animal rights advocates are pushing for a ban for the entire country of Brazil. Good luck to them all and cudos to those who helped push this ban forward! I only hope we can have this happen in Canada as well.

Sources:
+ Cosmetic Design
+ Humane Society International

China To Phase Out Mandatory Animal Testing On Cosmetics

Woo hoo! Leaping Bunny released a press release on Nov 11, 2013 stating that China has officially decided to phase out their mandatory animal testing policy starting in June 2014. This is exciting news as China is a huge market that many Western companies are trying to branch into, meaning this will save a lot of animals from unnecessary torture.

This will also mean that cruelty-free companies that have held off on entering the Chinese market because of this policy will now be able to do so without compromising their ethical stand on not testing on animals.

Here is the full press release from Leaping Bunny.

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which manages the cruelty-free certification Leaping Bunny Program, is pleased with recent news of China’s intention to phase out mandatory animal testing for cosmetics, starting in June 2014. The new policy will first affect products manufactured in China and later may be expanded to cosmetics that are imported, including those from the U.S. and Canada, where CCIC operates.

“This is very good news,” said Sue Leary, Chair of CCIC. “The decisive ban on animal testing of cosmetics in the European Union certainly had an influence on this new position because Chinese companies that test on animals are not able to market their products in the EU. In addition, the cosmetics industry, animal welfare advocates, and a global community of scientists that agree animal testing is not necessary have done great work proving this to Chinese regulators. It’s evident that Chinese officials are advancing quickly to accept alternative, non-animal test methods.”

Currently, China’s regulatory agencies require the safety of cosmetics to be determined using animal tests conducted largely in government laboratories. The new policy will allow (although not require) companies that produce “non-special use cosmetics,” like shampoo and perfume, to use known toxicological data on ingredients or non-animal alternative test methods to assess safety. The next important step will be to extend this permission to imported cosmetics and “special use cosmetics,” such as antiperspirant and hair removal products.

Leary and members of the coalition are hopeful of what this may mean for Leaping Bunny certified companies. “Some companies lost their cruelty-free certification because they decided to sell in China,” she said. “Many others decided to stay steadfast in their ideals and refused to expand their market there until animal testing is no longer required. We look forward to the day when their compassion is rewarded by consumers worldwide.”

Cosmetic and household product companies certified through the Leaping Bunny Program make a voluntary pledge to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. The companies’ ingredient suppliers make the same pledge and the result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis.

Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. On the web at www.LeapingBunny.org.

For more information, contact Vicki Katrinak, CCIC Administrator at (888)546-CCIC or admin@LeapingBunny.org.

Source: China begins phasing out mandatory animal testing on cosmetics

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