Google “cosmetics examined on animals in 2017,” and amazingly, you won’t get zero results. While no companies still test on animals inside the U almost.S. E.U., there’s one major reason you’re still going to get those strikes: China. “China’s regulatory agencies require animal testing of imported cosmetics and domestically produced ones, with some exceptions,” says Erin Hill, a cofounder and the elected leader of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, an ongoing company that stimulates non-animal tests.
Hill recently authorized a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government on adopting non-animal screening methods. In other words, she’s lobbying against the country’s pet-testing mandate. “One reason the Chinese authorities are cautious about changing regulations is that the responsibility of basic safety in China lies with the federal government, not the maker,” she says. But changing this fact isn’t as black-and-white as just hating on any brand bought from China: Most of them actually account Hill’s work.
Didn’t see that coming, did ya? On one hand, an ongoing company sells in China and its products there are examined on pets; on the other, the same company is attempting to find an ethical option to that testing. Plus, in this case, international pressure will go both ways: “The major shift away from animal screening in the U.S.
Europe banned it in 2013,” says Hill. All of a sudden, the U.S. E.U. If you wanted to sell your Slushie Berry Pizazz Lipstick in Paris, you couldn’t test drive it on animals, however in China, …