There is a difference between a company saying they are cruelty free and being truly being 100% cruelty free.
Animal Testing Isn’t Even Necessary. In the 21st century it isn’t needed. The USA FDA does not require it. Methods have changed & are often superior to old fashioned animal torture.
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There is also a difference between a company saying they are cruelty free and being truly being 100% cruelty free. They may not test the final product but might still test all the ingredients on animals, or if they sell to China it is required by law that their products be tested by animals!
Some companies may apply such claims solely to their finished cosmetic products. However, these companies may rely on raw material suppliers or contract laboratories to perform any animal testing necessary to substantiate product or ingredient safety.
Third Party Testing
Third party testing is a loophole that many cosmetic companies are using to distance themselves from the controversy of animal testing while still being able to market themselves as a cruelty free brand. What third party testing really means is that the company itself may not test on animals, but their parent company, or an outside organization, does the dirty work for them. THAT IS NOT CRUELTY FREE.
Other cosmetic companies may rely on combinations of scientific literature, non-animal testing, raw material safety testing, or controlled human-use testing to substantiate their product safety.
How to know if a brand is cruelty-free
There are a few certifications and seals of approval that can be helpful in finding the products with the qualities that matter most.
CRUELTY FREE CERTIFICATIONS
The Company does not and shall not conduct, Commission, or be a party to Animal Testing of any Cosmetic and/or Household Products including, without limitation, formulations and Ingredients of such products.
The Company shall not allow Animal Testing to be performed by or for submission to regulatory agencies in foreign countries
Company audit required to ensure no animal testing
The Company must implement a Supplier Monitoring System:
Example: Nourish Organic
PETA CRUELTY FREE
Companies may be certified under two separate designations. The cruelty-free certification is designated for companies that have signed the PETA statement of assurance verifying that they and their suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for their ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world and that they pledge not do so in the future. PETA cruelty-free and vegan certification is designated for companies that meet the same requirements, plus their entire product line must be free of animal-derived ingredients.
There are no costs associated with being listed as cruelty-free or cruelty-free and vegan, and companies that choose to license the PETA cruelty-free bunny logo can do so for a small one-time fee of $100. These companies are not yearly audited.
Example: Dr. Bronners
Not Tested on Animals by CCF (Choose Cruelty Free)
None of its products and ingredients have ever been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf and must not contain any ingredients derived specifically from killing an animal or provided as a by-product from killed animals
verified by Choose Cruelty Free (CCF)
CCF also will not accredit companies unless all parent and subsidiaries are also accredited. Australia based
Products must not have involved animal testing of ingredients or finished products by the supplier, producer, manufacturer, or independent party and may not be tested in the future.Products must provide supplier verification that animal products were not used in the manufacturing of ingredients
In order for a product to be approved for Vegan Certification it must not contain meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products, eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products, insects or products from insects such as silk or dyes, or sugar filtered with bone char.
Vegan Society It means the product and ingredients do not contain any animal product, by-product or derivative and must not involve testing of any sort on animals by the manufacturers or on its behalf, or by any third parties
When you see one of these seals on a product package, you know it has met a more stringent set of requirements. Other countries have other animal emblems to watch for.
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