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Fewer Cosmetics Tests on Animals in China?

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bunbunIn a new development, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has made a decision that could allow some cosmetics companies to stop conducting cruel, archaic tests on animals and switch to modern, humane testing methods. The CFDA has given companies that manufacture cosmetics within China’s borders the go-ahead to submit their own data on their products’ toxicity to the government, rather than being forced to pay the government to conduct animal tests on their behalf. This means that companies may choose to use only in vitro (test tube) tests. Concerned that Chinese companies that are not yet familiar with the broad range of non-animal tests would continue to use the same old, cruel methods, PETA is going to continue to provide scientists from the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) with funding to train Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods.

Since PETA first exposed this issue, we have provided IIVS scientists with funding both to educate scientists in China on superior, non-animal testing methods and to provide government officials there with guidance on accepting non-animal testing methods and developing a five-year plan to accept the tests currently used in the U.S. and Europe.

This move by the CFDA is a step in the right direction. For now, products manufactured outside China as well as so-called “functional cosmetics,” such as anti-wrinkle cream, will still be subject to the animal-testing requirement, but PETA and the IIVS will continue to work to see that those tests are ended, too.

In North America, consumers are fortunate to have thousands of cruelty-free cosmetics products at our fingertips. And PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies makes it easy for us to vote with our dollars and tell companies that we prefer “beauty without bunnies.”

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    Krissy says...

    November 15th, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Don’t chance it! I have sensitive skin, so I have to use natural product only. Just buy mineral based make up. It feels great, and most are cruelty free anyway. Seems like a no brainier lol.

    Nancy says...

    November 20th, 2013, 1:35 pm

    The link to the list of cruelty-free companies defaults to the PETA home page. There is so much going on your home page, can’t you make it easier to find this list by linking to it directly? Thanks!

    PETA Prime says...

    November 20th, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    PETA.org was just relaunched this past weekend and many of our web links to it are in the process of being updated. Our cruelty-free list linked above should now be correct though, and it can also be found at:
    http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx

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