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CRUELTY FREE. Everything you need to know about tests on animals

Cruelty free – a topic really important to us. I want to dispel a few myths and give a few facts about tests in animals. We have a good reason to make vegan cosmetics – we love animals, we find them equal to us, we respect them and learn from them, so the concern for their rights and safety is very important to us. I can’t imagine how we could take care of our beauty and health at the expense of them. That’s why we focus on awarding our products with certificates from respected organizations promoting animal rights and cruelty free production home and abroad.

So, what is this animal testing all about?

PETA and the brands launching cosmetics in China If there’s a ban of animal testing in EU, then why are the brands doing great on our market condemned by PETA, the international association fighting for animal rights? PETA launched the most famous campaigns against using animal furs or testing cosmetics on animals. Here’s the explanation. All companies registering their cosmetics on the Chinese market have to agree to have their products tested on animals. They don’t do it on their own, but have it done by others. That’s why PETA consider these companies as not respecting animal rights.

An exception to the rule Let me describe a few exceptions to the rule, because I’ve already herd a lot of inaccuracies or too far-reaching conclusions, like that the brands selling their goods in Asian markets agree to animal testing. That’s not true. Such an obligation occurs only in China.

Hong Kong – a Chinese city with its own law One of these exceptions is Hong Kong, a British colony in the past, taken over by China in 1997. Officially it’s a Chinese territory, but maintaining quite an autonomy, also legal one. Cosmetics imported to Hong Kong don’t need to be tested on animals, although actually they’re imported to a Chinese territory.

Cross-boarding Another exception is so-called cross-boarding, which is sales of cosmetics via Internet shops not registered besides China, dispatching them to individual customers living in China. It’s not a typical import procedure, but just a legal sales. For customers’ convenience, reduction of dispatch cost and speed of delivery, these companies are mainly registered in Hong Kong, so delivery service is fast and easy. The most important is that such a shop can’t be registered in China (excluding Hong Kong) and the sales must be realized directly to the final customer (and not to another shop). This means you can’t find any cruelty free products in commercial sales or on shop shelves. These exceptions are well illustrated by Humane Society International, that like PETA work to protection of animal rights (see the graphics below).

Is it going to change? There’s a good chance to that. China officially confirmed they give up on animal testing and the obligation is going to be cancelled from January 1, 2020. It’s a success of a huge group of manufacturers and associations fighting for animal rights, having lobbed in the Chinese government for the change of strict and – let’s face it – inhumane regulations. Finally China endorsed proposal of Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to replace animal tests with nine different methods of testing cosmetics. It’s an official claim of the Chinese National Medical Product Administration, so it looks like such a change is really going to occur.

You can’t imagine how happy I’m with it.

 

Ewelina Kwit-Betlej

 

PS. Our cosmetics have been certified by PETA since 2017 which makes us very proud. The PETA bunny can be found on our newest packings – if yours doesn’t have the bunny, don’t worry – from the very beginning of Resibo we make the cosmetics with respect to animals and 100% vegan. Since 2018 most Resibo cosmetics is marked with Vegan quality mark, awarded by Vegan Society located in London. Although the association is voluntary, it’s one of the strictest, so our cosmetics had to be revised very thoroughly.