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2013: The Year Of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL TESTING) This year has been a positive one in the efforts to end animal testing on cosmetic products.

With the help of organizations like PETA and Cruelty Free International, many defenseless animals have been spared from abusive testing methods.

Juice Beauty chose to forego the lucrative Chinese cosmetic market in favor of standing against animal testing. Way to go JB! Photo Credit: beautylish.com

Juice Beauty chose not to sell their products in China. Photo Credit: beautylish.com

According to PETA’s cosmetic testing division, Beauty Without Bunnies, Pacifica is now the latest addition to their list of companies that have pledged never to test on animals. Along with more than 1,000 other companies, Pacifica will also carry PETA’s cruelty-free logo.

PETA has made huge strides in the past year to defuse animal testing by cosmetic companies around the world. PETA has awarded many companies such as Juice Beauty with the “Courage in Commerce Award” for their compassionate actions.

Juice Beauty was one of the many cosmetic companies that decided not to sell their products in China due to the country’s former animal testing requirements. Despite the lucrative market, Juice Beauty chose a more humane route that many supposedly “cruelty-free” cosmetics dismissed.

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Cosmetic companies no longer need to test their products on animals in order to sell in China. Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

Until recently, China forced all cosmetic companies to first test their products on animals in order to sell cosmetics throughout the country—even despite the fact the EU has banned all animal testing.

However, these animal-testing requirements have caused many major companies to stop selling their products in China. Due to loss of business, China has finally decided to spare animals from cruelty and find alternatives to product testing.

Thanks to PETA’s efforts to minimize animal testing through their anti-animal awareness campaigns, they were also awarded the LUSH prize for Public Awareness. Lush is a vegan-friendly cosmetics line that hands out yearly awards to individuals and organizations against animal testing.

“Since its landmark Silver Spring monkeys case in 1981, PETA has been dedicated to exposing the horrific abuse of animals in laboratories and mobilizing the public to help end it,” PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department (LID) Director Justin Goodman said in a statement.

“Now more than ever, the public knows that experiments on animals are cruel and ineffective and that superior non-animal research methods exist, and we’re finally seeing government regulations and corporate policies evolve to reflect that,” he continued.

leaping bunny cruelty free logoPETA isn’t the only organization making positive changes against animal testing this year. Leaping Bunny is in charge of cruelty-free certification for personal care and household products and has been independently named “the cruelty-free logo you can trust most” by sources such as Consumer Reports Magazine.

Leaping Bunny is also partners with Cruelty Free International and is made up of an alliance of eight animal protection organizations including the Humane Society of the United States. So next time you go shopping, make sure to keep an eye out for the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free logo.

You can also do your part and make sure your favorite cosmetic brands are cruelty-free by visiting the link below.

List Of Companies That Don’t Test On Animals (RESOURCE)

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal

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