Thanks to the development of new non-animal testing methods, as well as increased awareness of the drawbacks of animal testing, animal testing in the United Kingdom has reached its lowest level of the past 12 years. According to PharmaTimes, the number of experiments performed on animals in 2018 was down 7 percent from 2017. Nonetheless, the United Kingdom still has a long way to go before animal testing becomes a thing of the past.
Breaking Down the Numbers
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With the amendment of The Illinois Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or SB 241, Illinois is now the third U.S. state to ban the sale and import of cosmetics if the products were tested on animals. This ban also applies to any ingredients or research and development processes that conduct animal testing at any stage of the development process. Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law on August 9, 2019, making the ban effective for all cosmetic sales on and Blog
The cosmetic industry is always looking for more innovative ways to test their products — preferably methods that don’t require the use of animals. Alternative approaches like in-vitro, human tissue and computer models tend to be less expensive and certainly easier to manage.
Cosmetics are an international commodity, so often the regulations come from outside the U.S. such as via the European Directive. The U.S. would establish rules about importing these products, though.
Testing for Acute Toxicity
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Australian lawmakers have listened to the people and are taking definitive steps to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
But is it enough?
Animal welfare society, RSPCA Australia says that more than 85% of Australians are against testing cosmetic products on animals. So, what it really comes down to is, does the public think it is enough? Do Australians agree with these first steps into what is really uncharted territory?
For so many years, animal testing was accepted. People Blog
The #BeCrueltyFree campaign was launched in 2012 with the sole purpose of extending the European Union’s legal standard by banning cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics. The campaign has been calling on both Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to join this powerful and influential movement. The campaign recently attracted the attention of two huge brands, Avon and Unilever.
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