Is Animal Testing a Thing of the Past?
Author: Julie - F&F Date Posted:24 March 2019
At Flora & Fauna we are a 100% vegan and cruelty free store. We are passionate about ending animal testing so there have been some great developments in the last few weeks which might see this become a reality.
Over 500,000 animals suffer, and die, each year in outdated tests on cosmetic ingredients and products. It's unnecessay and we won't stock products that have been subjected to animal testing and we won't stock brands or products with parent companies that test on animals. We've actually deranged products with parent companies that test on animals. It's crucial the bigger companies realise they need to make a change.
Changes could be coming sooner than we think.
The federal government has passed a law preventing Australian companies from relying on data from animal testing for ingredients to be used solely in cosmetics. What that means is that the regulator won’t accept safety data gained from animal testing after July 1st 2020. It doesn't directly ban animal testing but it bans the results of any data from chemicals used in animal testing, conducted on or after July 1 next year, from being used in cosmetics from that date. So there would be really no point in testing on animals when you can't use the data it produces.
Right now animal testing still continues but it's great news for animals. We need to applaud #BeCrueltyFree Australia, a partnership between animal charity Humane Society International (HSI) and not-for-profit organisation Humane Research Australia (HRA), which has campaigned since 2012 on the issue of cosmetics cruelty in Australia. You can read more about the details here.
Be Cruelty Free has played a leading role in many of the nearly 40 bans enacted to date, including in the European Union, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, India and Taiwan.
China has also made a move in the right direction when it comes to animal testing, although it has a long way to go.
Chinese agency Gansu Province National Medical Products Association announced that post-market animal testing would no longer be a requirement on finished domestic or imported cosmetic products. In the past, China’s post-market process involved mandatory tests on animals, as well as the pre-market animal tests required of all cosmetics before they hit the market.
With these new changes, that second step of animal testing is removed, although pre-market regulations remain unchanged so animal testing is still required on all products manufactured overseas that sell in China physically.
We're definitely heading in the right direction. For now you can be assured products at Flora & Fauna are not tested on animals and everything is vegan too so there are no ingredients like carmine, lanolin, beeswax, dairy etc. Being vegan ourselves we know what we sell is vegan, we see too many retailers defining vegan incorrectly but you can be assured everything is vegan at F&F.
You can find all our cruelty free, vegan products at F&F.