Trade standards urged to investigate cosmetic brands for possible illegal marketing as a result of animal testing



Are Clinique, Clarins, Dior and others illegally marketing cosmetic products tested on animals? Following an appeal from PETA and a petition signed by more than 15,000 supporters, the government agrees to call for an investigation.

In 2015, a US study by PETA concluded that at least nine major cosmetics companies could violate UK and EU law by selling products to the UK that are also marketed in China, where animal testing is required by law. .

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Following the filing of a complaint by PETA, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced that it was asking Trading Standards to investigate several cosmetic brands for possible violations of the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013. PETA a asked Trading Standards to ensure that companies do not break the law by relying on animal testing data to demonstrate product safety in the EU, that companies report all test data on animals in their product files and that consumers are not misled about the humane status of products.

The cosmetic brands that Trading Standards is invited to investigate are Benefit, Bliss, Caudalie, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estée Lauder, Gucci (distributed by Proctor & Gamble) and Revlon.

Publicly available information from the Food and Drug Administration of China shows that many cosmetics readily available on UK store shelves are also registered in China, where testing of cosmetics on animals is still mandatory. Estée Lauder admitted paying for animal testing in China, while the other companies have not denied paying for them.

Experiments used to assess the toxicity of cosmetics include the famous Draize test, in which rabbits are placed in containment stock so they cannot struggle or wipe their eyes. Their eyelids are kept open and chemicals are drip, sprayed, or rubbed into their eyes. In the equally gruesome skin test, chemicals are usually rubbed into the rabbits’ shaved skin to check the severity of the reaction, before they are killed or “washed” and reused.

All cosmetics companies that sell in China know that animals will be killed for their eyeshadow or shampoo. This is inexcusable, especially if the Europeans who support these companies have no idea that the ban on the marketing of cosmetics has been violated and that their trust has been betrayed. Caring consumers have the right to know if the products they buy in good faith have been secretly tested on animals.

Learn more about how animals can be injured and killed from makeup, soap and other toiletries and how PETA and its subsidiaries are helping to develop non-animal testing methods that will encourage companies to gradually eliminate horrible animal experiments. And please consider supporting our campaigns for all animals with a donation.


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