New Survey Shows Demand for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
More than 70 percent of Americans oppose testing lipstick, eye shadow, and other cosmetics and personal care products on animals, according to a new independent survey commissioned by PCRM.
High-profile American companies, including Clinique, Almay, and Aveda, have stopped testing their products on animals, but others continue to subject tens of thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats each year to painful tests. Nonanimal testing methods are widely available, and the European Union banned animal tests for cosmetics and personal products in 2009.
PCRM’s survey also revealed that:
- 78 percent of respondents agreed that the development of alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics testing is important.
- 61 percent said that testing cosmetics and personal care products on animals should be illegal.
- 58 percent said they would purchase cruelty-free personal care products.
The results are based on random telephone surveys conducted by ORC International of Princeton, N.J., on behalf of PCRM, in September 2011.
To read the complete report, visit PCRM.org/CosmeticsReport.
PCRM Urges Europe to Uphold Animal-Testing Ban
PCRM hand-delivered nearly 25,000 letters to the European Commission in Brussels this October supporting the deadline for banning the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics. In 2009, the European Union banned testing cosmetics on animals on EU soil, but it still allows the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics from other countries.
The letters from EU residents and people around the world call on E.C. Commissioner John Dalli to maintain the 2013 marketing ban deadline. The ban, passed in 2003, was to become effective in 2013, but industry groups are pressuring the commission to delay implementation of the ban.
If the ban is delayed, tens of thousands of guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice will continue being used and killed to test cosmetics each year. The looming ban has pushed development and adoption of innovative testing methods, and a delay could slow progress on replacing animal tests with faster and more reliable nonanimal methods.
The governments of Belgium, Sweden, and Austria recently reiterated their support for the original deadline. The marketing ban has also drawn support from celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer.