An undercover video showing the seldom seen conditions and treatment of monkeys being experimented on has caused a media and political storm in Germany. An animal rights activist using a false name allegedly went undercover with a hidden camera at the Max Planck Institute for biological cybernetics Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, outside Stuttgart.
The federal government reportedly has spent more than $3 million to get monkeys drunk in order to study the effect the alcohol has on body tissue. The monkey project, which reportedly has cost taxpayers $3.2 million so far, is being led by the Oregon Health & Science University.
Today, March 11, marks the culmination of 23 years of campaigning to end the suffering for animals who were used in tests for cosmetics sold in the European Union because people who cared refused to give up. Starting today, anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU will not be allowed to test finished products or their ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, whether or not an alternative to animal testing is available.
Cape Town — The EU has officially banned the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals, including the sale of any cosmetic ingredient or product subject to any new animal testing. In South Africa however, the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals is still legal, and unregulated.
The European Union (EU) has banned new cosmetic products that use animal-tested ingredients. The European Commission stated that this supports the belief of Europeans that cosmetics development does not need any animal testing. The ban is also seen by animal rights activists as a victory in their fight against animal-testing.
Japan’s largest cosmetic company, Shiseido, which is also one of the oldest companies in the world providing women’s beauty products, announced on Friday that it will no longer be selling cosmetics tested on animals.
There is a cruel irony in the fact that Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. develops antibodies and animal healthcare products, but has also repeatedly violated the federal Animal Welfare Act by allowing many of the goats that they use for producing those antibodies to suffer horribly and, in some cases, die.
Celebrities are teaming up with animal rights activists in an attempt to end cosmetic testing on animals in the U.S., a move at least one industry trade group says should be delayed until better alternative testing is available.