“Effective today (Friday), the animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. This is a huge victory for animals in laboratories,” said Alokparna Sengupta, Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign manager.
Over a thousand monkeys are being used for research and testing in a lab in Yemassee. Monday, a national animals rights group exposed photos of what, they claim, are inhumane conditions causing dozens of the animals to die at that lab. Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an animal protection group based out of Ohio, has filed a complaint about Alpha Genesis Incorporated with federal government.
In another step forward in the campaign to end animal testing in cosmetics, California’s Senate approved a measure by State Senator Marty Block urging the country to follow in other region’s footsteps and implement a ban.
Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Greens announced she will introduce a bill to ban all animal-tested cosmetics in Australia, including those imported from countries that test on animals. In June, a survey done by the Humane Research Australia showed that 81 per cent of Australians support such a ban in the country. This follows closely the introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Jim Moran this month which bans all cosmetic testing on animals in the United States.
Drug-maker Merck & Co. is joining two dozen other pharmaceutical companies and contract laboratories in committing to not use chimpanzees for research. The growing trend could mean roughly 1,000 chimps in the U.S. used for research or warehoused for many years in laboratory cages could be “retired” to sanctuaries by around 2020.
Last month, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration announced it would loosen its regulations surrounding animal testing for cosmetics, starting in June 2014. While animal testing is legal in approximately 80 percent of the world, including the United States, China is the only country where it is mandatory for all cosmetics and beauty products sold within its borders.
L’Oreal’s push into China’s $32 billion beauty market has a hidden cost — if you’re a rabbit or a mouse. The Paris-based maker of shampoos and lipsticks this month agreed to pay $843 million for Chinese cosmetics face-mask maker Magic Holdings International, accelerating expansion into the world’s second-biggest economy, where it derived about 6 percent of sales last year.
Harvard University’s that it will close its primate research center by 2015 was the result of an ongoing controversy about how it treats its research subjects, and a federal investigation, according to a national research watchdog group. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) hailed the decision to shudder the center, but emphasized that it’s been an ongoing controversy following the negligent deaths of at least four primates at the New England Primate Research Center, not economics as the university claims, that led to the closure.
Here’s a fresh hell for animals: a company keeps 10,000 goats and 5,000 rabbits in terrible conditions to harvest their blood and sell the antibodies in it. The animals develop the desired antibodies after the facility exposes them to various diseases. Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SC Biotech) makes its profits by bleeding these animals all but dry and selling the antibodies to researchers.
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.