Written by Michelle Kretzer
year, we have something to celebrate as we commemorate World Week for Animals in Laboratories.
After 30 years of pressure from PETA and other organizations, Harvard Medical
School's New England Primate
Research Center is shutting its doors. This milestone victory
proves that even the mightiest can fall—or
do better, move on, or modernize. And it illustrates why it is crucial that
animal advocates keep working
to end the suffering of animals in laboratories.
group of animal rights advocates in Italy made headlines this week when they occupied a laboratory at the University
of Milan and removed many of the
mice and rabbits who were caged there. Closer to home, there are numerous easy actions
that any of us can take to help animals in laboratories:
tweet this post to encourage your Twitter followers to get active for animals
in laboratories, too. We can win the
campaign to end the use of animals in laboratories, and we must. Millions of animals need us to.
Rabbits are on a
giant Nature's Gate
just became the fourth company to pull out of the Chinese market until the
country stops requiring tests
on animals for cosmetics. After talks with PETA, Nature's Gate agreed that there is nothing pretty about tormenting
animals in laboratories, and the company chose to forgo the large Chinese
market, rather than sacrificing its commitment to being cruelty-free.
PETA is proud to give Nature's Gate our
Courage in Commerce Award for its dedication to offering a wide array of
quality personal-care and beauty products without harming animals
anywhere in the world.
And Nature's Gate is in good company: Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and Pangea
Organics have all pulled their products out of China in order to save animals' lives,
and many more companies, such as Urban Decay and NYX, have refused to sell in China until the animal testing requirements are lifted.
As a result, these conscientious companies are being rewarded with even more
customer support, and with the help of the scientists PETA is helping to fund, China is prepping to approve its
first non-animal testing method.
Please join us in thanking Nature's Gate, and continue to support companies that don't test on animals by checking PETA's
online list of companies that do and that don't test on animals. Order your own free copy of PETA's first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide and take it with you every time you shop! Naturally.
that test their products on animals needn't bother trying to ship them to
Israel, because, starting New Year's Day, the country banned the import, sale,
and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaners. Previously,
in 2007, the Israeli
government had banned using animals to test personal-care and
household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in
2010 and came into effect January 1, 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves,
blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even
crossing Israel's border.
and our affiliates are working to end the testing of cosmetics and household
products on animals in countries around the world, and Israel has proved that a
full ban on such vile products is not only possible but also ethically
responsible. The EU had passed
a similar ban, which
was also scheduled to take effect in 2013, but lawmakers are now considering
extending that deadline. PETA
and PETA U.K. have been pushing hard to get the EU to uphold
the original end date. In addition, PETA India is trying to get a similar ban implemented in that
country, and the effort has a lot
of momentum. PETA
and PETA Asia have been helping
Chinese scientists switch to in vitro
cosmetics testing methods and are encouraging the
Chinese government to accept the results in place of the animal tests that it
currently requires. And in the U.S., PETA has been purchasing stock in companies that conduct animal
tests so that we can propose
shareholder resolutions to switch to humane testing methods.
But despite all the
legal hullabaloo, we can at least designate our homes cruelty-free areas. It's
easy to select personal-care and household products that weren't tested on
animals by glancing at PETA's
new global Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide, the latest complete
list of companies that refuse to conduct or pay for any animal tests anywhere
in the world.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Thanks to a grant from PETA, scientists in China are learning how to test cosmetics in a test tube instead of on animals. The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a global leader in the advancement of alternatives and known for its brilliant work in helping corporations switch from animal to non-animal testing, just held a seminar at Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) to teach Chinese scientists how to test cosmetics ingredients without using animals. The training was made possible by a new grant to IIVS from PETA—the second grant that we've given the group for its international work—to help purchase equipment needed for the course. PETA first became involved following our discovery that Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder had been secretly paying for tests on animals despite many years on PETA's list of companies that don't test cosmetics on animals.
A Change Coming to China
The Chinese government requires tests on animals before many cosmetics products can be marketed in that country. PETA (along with our friends at PETA Asia) is working to change that, and one key is having scientists who are ready to implement non-animal (in vitro) test methods. BTBU is home to the largest university program in cosmetics science in China, and the school is establishing a new laboratory to teach and conduct in vitro testing. About 30 students and faculty members took part in the training.
With a $33,000 PETA grant—thanks to the McGrath Family Foundation, whose support makes this possible—IIVS was able to train participants on a procedure that can be used in place of the cruel Draize eye irritancy test performed on rabbits. As Dr. Rodger Curren, IIVS' president, explained:
Support from PETA has allowed the university to expedite the incorporation of hands-on training in non-animal (in vitro) methods to undergraduate, graduate and faculty at BTBU. Both faculty and students are enthusiastic about the training and planning for future sessions has already begun.
What You Can Do
Please buy cosmetics and personal-care products only from companies that don't test on animals, and tell Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder that you won't buy their products as long as they fund animal testing.
It's October, which means that every
shopping mall looks like the aftermath of a Pepto-Bismol hurricane. Now, don't
get me wrong. I care about Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. I lost my dear
grandmother to the disease, and it runs in my family. So finding a cure for
breast cancer is a cause close to my heart—which is exactly why you'll never
see me in a pink T-shirt, pink sun visor, or socks replete with pink fuzzy
That's because I'm wary of "pinkwashing"—that's when companies toss a pittance at a
breast cancer charity so that they can slap a pink ribbon on their product and
rake in more money for themselves. The actual donation that the company makes
is often either a low preset amount or a small percentage of the purchase
price. Pinkwashing watchdog group Think Before You Pink maintains, "If
shopping could cure breast cancer, it would be cured by now."
But my big beef is this: Much of the
money goes to fund archaic, cruel animal experiments that still haven't produced a cure, even while cutting-edge non-animal testing methods are readily available. So
for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are four ways that you can help women
more than if you had bought another pink doohickey:
10 percent of the proceeds from May28th.me's pink watch go to charity, and that
money is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which wastes money
on animal experiments. By donating to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, you can help underprivileged
breast cancer patients get the care and treatment that they need.
It's not clear
whose lives Progresso's "Save Lids to Save Lives" campaign is supposed
to save. It's certainly not the women who are eating soup stored in cans that are made with cancer-causing BPA or the animals who are suffering in the experiments that every purchase helps fund via Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You'll do a lot
more good by donating healthy vegan food to the Breast Cancer Society to help impoverished
patients eat right.
$5 from the sale of each of Barnes & Noble's pink leather Nook covers is
donated to charity, and that money goes to—you guessed it—a charity that funds animal
experiments. By giving the same $35 to the Breast Cancer Fund, you could help do away
with the environmental causes of breast cancer, such as the cancer-causing chemicals used by
you spend $150, Lacoste will give $15 (are we sensing a pattern here?) to a
charity that funds animal experiments. But by giving $150 to the Dr. Susan Love Research
Foundation, you could fund sophisticated, modern non-animal
tests and get us that much closer to a cure.
Find out which charities do test on animals and which don't.
John Paul Mitchell Systems is showing consumers once again why it's a
leader in cruelty-free compassion. The hair-care and salon giant has decided to
pull entirely out of the Chinese market rather than having its products tested
on animals. Paul Mitchell, whose products have never been tested on animals
anywhere in the world and who had not yet been required to do so in China, is
the first cruelty-free company to stop selling in that country in order to
prevent cruel animal tests. For this bold move, PETA, which has been in communication with the
company for months, is presenting Paul Mitchell with its Courage in Commerce
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Mary Kay, Avon, and Estée Lauder recently sold out
animals when they began paying for animal testing in order to market their
products in China and were thus promptly removed from PETA's cruelty-free list. But compassionate companies
such as Paul Mitchell and Urban
Decay are proving that they'd
rather have clear consciences than a few extra yuan in their wallets.
PETA funded a group of scientists to travel to China and offer their advice on
replacing animal experiments with superior non-animal methods, the country is poised
to approve its first
non-animal cosmetics test.
the meantime, please use PETA's
Caring Consumer database and support only
companies that refuse to pay for any animal tests—no matter where in the world
they are conducted.
cosmetics company Urban
Decay has earned PETA's Courage in Commerce Award for
putting animals ahead of market share and reversing its decision to sell in China, where animals are
harmed and killed in product tests. The company's decision followed talks with
PETA and thousands of e-mails from disappointed consumers. While many companies
have shed their cruelty-free policies as easily as last year's fashion for a
share of the profits from China, Urban Decay officials have decided that the
cost was too high. They're corporate champs in our book, and the company is
going back on PETA's
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is afoot in China, too. PETA is financially supporting scientists from the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, who are working with the Chinese government
to replace cruel and
archaic animal tests with superior non-animal methods, and already, we are seeing huge progress. Until the day when
product tests on animals are a thing of the past, we hope other companies eyeing
the Chinese and other markets where cruel tests are required will follow Urban
Decay's example and put ethics first.
Great news! Following thousands of your e-mails and talks
with PETA, Urban Decay has announced
that it won't sell its products in China until non-animal testing methods are
accepted there. We are delighted that Urban Decay is staying true to its
ethic of producing top-quality products without harming animals—even though it
means giving up a market share in China—and we're pleased to return the company
to our list of cruelty-free companies!
The following was originally published on June 7:
After years of touting its "no animal
testing" policy, Urban Decay has let down caring consumers everywhere. The
company opted to start selling its products in China even though Chinese law requires that cosmetics
companies pay for many of their products to be tested on animals in Chinese laboratories
before they can be marketed in that country.
test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal
available. PETA has jump-started the effort for acceptance of non-animal tests by
awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists and regulatory bodies to
replace animal tests in China. Thanks to the work of these PETA-funded
scientists, the Chinese government is now poised to accept its first-ever
non-animal test for cosmetics ingredients.
Urban Decay has long held a spot on PETA's
list of cruelty-free companies and offers an extensive line of vegan makeup,
but it has turned its back on animals. Urban Decay could delay its entry into
China, but the company is putting profits over principles.
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