China Approves New Non-Animal Cosmetics Tests After PETA Push

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Published April 3, 2019 by . Last Updated April 4, 2019.

After years of pushing from PETA, the Chinese government has approved two more non-animal methods for testing cosmetics products in China.

The two newly approved tests, the direct peptide reaction assay for skin sensitization and the short time exposure assay for eye irritation, will spare countless animals the agony of having substances dripped into their eyes and rubbed onto their skin.

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This major progress is thanks to the groundbreaking work of the expert scientists and regulatory specialists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), with whom PETA provided initial funding to train Chinese scientists and educate officials in modern non-animal methods.
No animal should be poisoned or blinded for a consumer product—or any other reason.

In 2012, PETA exposed the fact that some formerly cruelty-free companies had quietly started paying the Chinese government to test their products on animals in order to sell them in that country. At the time, animal tests were required for any cosmetics sold in China. PETA immediately contacted the leading experts in the field of non-animal test methods at IIVS and provided them with the initial grant to launch their work in China.

IIVS scientists successfully worked with Chinese officials to approve the first non-animal test method, the 3T3 neutral red uptake phototoxicity assay, which is used to test cosmetics for their potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight.

Institute for In Vitro Sciences, China

In 2014, the Chinese government announced that it would accept the results from non-animal test methods but only for non–special use cosmetics manufactured in China. Tests on animals are still required for all imported cosmetics and all special-use cosmetics, regardless of where they were manufactured.
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By purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can spare sensitive rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and other animals from excruciating tests, a lifetime of suffering, and death. Need help finding out which products are cruelty-free? We’ve got you covered: PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies database currently lists more than 3,800 compassionate companies that don’t test on animals anywhere in the world.

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Procter & Gamble Launches Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Cleaning Product Line!

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By Sharon Vega

Procter & Gamble recently joined the Humane Society’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, and began by making their Herbal Essences brand certified cruelty-free. They also seem to be moving in a more natural and eco-friendly direction with their new brand, Home Made Simple. The new lifestyle brand is plant-based and all the bottles are recyclable.

The new product line includes hand soap, dish soap, multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Up to 95 percent of the formulas contain plant-derived ingredients and they’re all free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s actually a television show on Oprah’s OWN network. The concept came from a Procter & Gamble newsletter 15 years ago. Host of the show, Laila Ali says: “I am excited to continue my partnership with Home Made Simple as they expand into offering consumers a line of naturally inspired, plant-based cleaning products. As the host of Home Made Simple’s TV show, I meet a lot of families across the country that want products in their home that they can trust and, as a mom, I feel the same way. Home Made Simple has created this line for people just like us who are looking for an effective clean they can feel good about.”

The products are available in three scents: Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon, and since they use natural ingredients, they’re also gentle on skin. However, the line also has environmental benefits. All the Home Made Simple bottles are 100 percent recyclable and some of the bottles are made with 25 percent.

The products will be available on Amazon, Walmart, CVS and groceries. In the meantime, if you’re looking for natural products, check out 15 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for a Sparkling Home!

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/procter-gamble-launches-eco-friendly-plant-based-cleaning-product-line/

15 Cruelty-Free Lipsticks to Add to Your Makeup Bag! – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

A good shade of lipstick has the power to brighten your attire look and give you that extra bit of confidence to walk around like the boss you are! to feel good about the lipstick you’re using as well as yourself, it’s best to use cruelty-free products. This way you know that no animals were harmed in order for you to achieve your gorgeous look.💄

To help you out, we put together 15 beautiful cruelty-free lipsticks available on Amazon that you should check out. Some of them might just become your go-to and permanent additions to your makeup bag!🐇

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/15-cruelty-free-lipsticks-to-add-to-your-makeup-bag/

Victoria Beckham’s Fashion Line Ditches Exotic Animal Skins | Care2 Causes

Victoria Beckham has become the latest major fashion designer to ban the use of exotic animal skins in her collections.

As of Fall 2019, all Victoria Beckham clothes are guaranteed to be free of alligator, snake and lizard skins. As the brand explores more ethically sourced products, its designers are proud to play a part in creating cruelty-free fashion.

A spokesperson for the Victoria Beckham brand explained:

We are happy to confirm that we will cease using exotic skins in all future collections as of our main Fall 2019 ready-to-wear presentation. This decision reflects the wishes of not only the brand, but also that of our customers.

Animal rights groups are applauding the Victoria Beckham brand for its new policy. PETA director Elisa Allen stated:

Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.

So why is exotic skin use in fashion such a contentious issue? Well, the animals whose skins are used in our bags, belts and shoes are often poached — and their deaths are barbaric.

In 2017 PETA shocked the world with an exposé on crocodile skin farming in Vietnam. No animal should have to suffer to give us beautiful products. This is why it’s so encouraging to see some of the biggest names in fashion beginning to listen to their consumers who want cruelty-free products.

Victoria Beckham joins the likes of Chanel, which also went exotic-skin-free in December 2018. When announcing its new stance on exotic skin use, the brand also reaffirmed its commitment to fur-free fashion:

The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur free.

The fashion industry has seen some huge developments in recent years to turn the tide on animal cruelty. Burberry, Gucci, Versace and Coach are just some of the biggest brands who have completely banned the use of fur. In September 2018, the London Fashion Week became the first of its kind to not show any fur on its catwalk. Even Rihanna’s Fenty is a cruelty-free brand with an increasing range of vegan products.

What better way to inspire us all to be conscious of our fashion and beauty choices than to lead by example?

Fashion brands like Victoria Beckham pave the way for high street fashion; by promoting cruelty-free fashion, they encourage other brands to make more responsible choices. In turn, we as consumers can make careful, informed decisions about the clothes we choose to buy.

Here’s to a future when all our fashion and beauty products are cruelty-free!

https://www.care2.com/causes/victoria-beckhams-fashion-line-ditches-exotic-animal-skins.html

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Coty’s COVERGIRL becomes largest Leaping Bunny certified makeup brand ever | Cruelty Free International

4th November 2018
Coty’s COVERGIRL becomes largest Leaping Bunny certified makeup brand ever

Coty to support a global end to animal testing for cosmetics

Today we are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Coty, one of the world’s leading beauty companies, that aims to end animal testing for cosmetics globally.

As a first step in the partnership, Coty has been awarded the Leaping Bunny certification for beauty range COVERGIRL.

COVERGIRL becomes the largest makeup brand to achieve the Leaping Bunny certification. The Leaping Bunny logo will feature on all COVERGIRL products, the best visible and independent assurance for consumers of a company’s commitment to no animal testing.

Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Coty to end cruel and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics worldwide and have been impressed with the company’s passionate commitment. The Leaping Bunny certification of COVERGIRL marks a new milestone in this area as the largest makeup brand to be certified cruelty free after having met our rigorous criteria. It demonstrates how it’s possible to be an accessible and innovative brand without inflicting suffering on animals. We hope today’s announcement encourages more cosmetics companies to do the right thing.”

Ukonwa Ojo, Chief Marketing Officer, Coty Consumer Beauty, said: “Consumers expect brands to be leaders for positive change so today COVERGIRL is taking a stand about making cruelty free cosmetics a mainstream reality. We know we are not alone in wanting a beauty industry that is free from animal cruelty and, working with Cruelty Free International, invite others to join us in turning these conversations into action.”

Coty has already committed to at least one more of its brands being certified with the Leaping Bunny by 2020. Watch this space to find out which brand will be next!

https://crueltyfreeinternational.org/what-we-do/breaking-news/coty%E2%80%99s-covergirl-becomes-largest-leaping-bunny-certified-makeup-brand-ever

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PETITION: PETA Asia Exposes Extreme Cruelty in Badger-Brush Industry

You can help stop this…there’s no reason to use animal-hair brushes, especially when there are so many high-quality alternatives available. For the sake of badgers suffering on these farms, please, only buy synthetic brushes. Please continue reading here and sign petition…

https://investigations.peta.org/badger-brush-industry/?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=1018::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Owls%20Skulls%20Cut%20Open%20at%20Johns%20Hopkins::::peta%20e-news&ea.url.id=145586&forwarded=true

Thanksgiving Day In America – 2017

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It’s that time of year again when America celebrates the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Wherever you are celebrating this day, make it a humane celebration especially when it comes to what we put on our plates!

We are reposting an article we published in 2015.  Enjoy!


During this Thanksgiving Holiday, what are you thankful for?  Even if you are not from America, celebrate this day with us!  Let’s all give pause to stop – and think about what is really important in life.  The answers will vary greatly, depending on many factors, including where we happen to live on the planet.   Let’s also, as we are pausing, think about life itself – the gift that it is.

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

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Ricky Gervais Wants a Worldwide Ban on Animal Testing

Petition: NARS: Stick With Commitment to Cruelty-Free Cosmetics


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Good News! Switzerland Announces It Will End the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals | PETA UK~PETITION

No bunny should suffer for beauty.

Source: Good News! Switzerland Announces It Will End the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals | PETA UK

Stop Grinding Chicks Alive in Egg Production

Male chicks are routinely ground up alive in huge maceration machines because they are considered “useless” to the egg industry. Urge the government to ban this barbaric practice at once and encourage egg producers to move toward supplying cruelty-free plant-based foods instead.

Source: Stop Grinding Chicks Alive in Egg Production

How Not to Kill Anyone While On Your Period

It’s a great time to be a menstruating vegan lady, friends.

Source: How Not to Kill Anyone While On Your Period

WATCH: How To Have a Cruelty-Free Face in 30 Seconds | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

It’s easy to leave animal suffering out of your beauty regimen. Just look for these products!

Source: WATCH: How To Have a Cruelty-Free Face in 30 Seconds | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

17 Cruelty-Free, Vegan Dry Shampoos to Save Water, Time, and Energy | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Have you been waiting for a roundup of vegan dry shampoos? Look no further!

Source: 17 Cruelty-Free, Vegan Dry Shampoos to Save Water, Time, and Energy | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Best Cruelty-Free Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Check out this all inclusive list of the best cruelty-free drugstore shampoos and conditioners.

Source: Best Cruelty-Free Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Stop Supporting Alleged Alligator-Torturing Company

An alligator farm has been accused of using box knives to sever the spines of alligators for slaughter, putting them into ice baths while still alive, and allowing them to suffer unnecessarily. Tell their primary hide buyer to no longer purchase goods from a farm that condones cruelty to their alligators.

via Stop Supporting Alleged Alligator-Torturing Company.

Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands at Walmart | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands at Walmart | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA.

Stay Clean and Cruelty-Free With These Laundry Detergents | Humane Home | Living | PETA

Stay Clean and Cruelty-Free With These Laundry Detergents | Humane Home | Living | PETA.

Target’s Top 12 Cruelty-Free Vegan Makeup Products | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

Target’s Top 12 Cruelty-Free Vegan Makeup Products | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA.

PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA.

Search for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Makeup, Personal-Care Products, & More | Beauty | Living | PETA

Search for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Makeup, Personal-Care Products, & More | Beauty | Living | PETA.

#BeCrueltyFree Week: 10 Under $10 for Your Beauty Bag

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By now, you all know that the three of us are big supporters of the #BeCrueltyFree campaign. So… you can imagine how excited we were when we were asked to participate in this year’s #BlogForBunnies for #BeCrueltyFree Week!

#BeCrueltyFree Week is a global awareness raising week where everyone joins in to make some noise about cosmetics cruelty, promote fab cruelty-free brands, and tell people about how they can support the campaign to end cosmetics cruelty in our country or globally. I thought now would be a great time to go over some affordable cruelty-free options. It’s NOT hard to #BuyTheBunny!

What’s in your vegan beauty bag? For me, I carry the essentials: lip balm, lip color, blush, liner, concealer, and mascara. If I wanted to go all crazy-Mary-Poppins-style, I would carry nail color, powder, hand lotion, face wipes… the works!! But I like to keep it simple.

We’ve found…

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What Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands Can You Find at Sephora? | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA

What Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands Can You Find at Sephora? | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Cosmetics | Living | PETA.

Boycott Birchbox Until They Go Cruelty-Free!

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Sign the petition here.

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Cow’s Milk Without the Cows – MFABlog.org

Life or Lunch?

516871511copyOn September 30, two biohackers received 2 million dollars to develop the world’s first man-made cow’s milk.

By modifying sunflower oil to mimic milk fats and culturing yeast to release casein, Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are hoping to create a plant-based milk that is nearly identical to dairy.

Their startup, aptly named Muufri (sounds like moo-free), aims to tap into the 140 billion-dollar dairy industry and have animal-free milk on the shelves before 2017.

“We’re basically using biotechnology to make milk without pasteurization and without the risk of contaminants like pesticides, hormones or bacteria that can spoil the milk quickly,” Pandya says. “It’s quite similar to the process to make medicine and insulin, so it will be super sterile.”

Additionally, Muufri milk will have virtually no carbon footprint compared to milk taken from cows. Not only can it take up to 2,000 gallons of fresh water to produce one…

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Dunkin’ Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit)

Dunkin’ Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit).

Cosmetic companies’ dirty little secret