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π’±π’Ύπ’Έπ“‰π‘œπ“‡π“Ž! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics! πŸ‡
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SB 241, sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 9, prohibits the import or sale of any cosmetic if the final product or any ingredient was tested on animals after January 1, 2020.
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Last year, California became the first state to enact β€œhumane cosmetics” legislation, followed by Nevada in June. Illinois’ new law provides additional incentives for cosmetics companies to invest in non-animal alternatives to help them stay competitive in a changing global market while sparing animals from painful tests. (Source: Animal Welfare Institute)

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Cruelty-free Makeup doesn't have to be expensive! 🐰 There are so many affordable + high-quality cruelty-free makeup brands now available at most drugstores so that you can easily make the CF switch even if you're on a budget! πŸ’‹ πŸ’–
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Love this illustration by @timetogetclean of some CF drugstore makeup brands πŸ‡βœ¨
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And there's many many more!! πŸ‘‡πŸ»
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100% Vegan + Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands:
🌱 ELF Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
🌱 Pacifica – 100% Vegan
🌱 B. - 100% Vegan
🌱 Emani – 100% Vegan
🌱 EcoTools – 100% Vegan
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Cruelty-Free Brands with Vegan Makeup Options:
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πŸ’„ Pixi Beauty
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πŸ’„ Barry M
πŸ’„ Physicians Formula
πŸ’„ Milani
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🏒 NYX Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal)
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When you know your beauty and skincare routine didn't harm any animals πŸ™ŒπŸ»
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Millions of innocent animals are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. πŸ’‰πŸ‡ By simply choosing cruelty-free, I can sleep peacefully knowing no animals had to suffer for the sake of beauty! πŸ°πŸ’•
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The Biggest Flaw With Leaping Bunny’s Cruelty-Free Certification

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Like many cruelty-free consumers, I have relied on the Leaping Bunny program for finding products that are not tested on animals. However because of recent events, I am disappointed to have to question the legitimacy behind the Leaping Bunny program as they do not consider daphnia testing when verifying cruelty-free brands.

I want to first thank a dear reader of mine, Ado for bringing this to my attention and for Logical Harmony for publicizing this issue.

Leaping Bunny Doesn’t Consider Daphnia Testing

Leaping Bunny is internationally known as the gold standard for cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.

Logical Harmony recently confirmed that Method, as well as their parent company, Ecover who makes household cleaning products are partaking in daphnia testing but what concerns me is how both these brands are Leaping Bunny certified.

You can read more about what daphnia testing is and the current situation with Method and Ecover, here.

Ecover and Method Products No Longer Cruelty-Free

Meanwhile here is the correspondence received from Ecover (as well as Method), forwarded to me from an ethical elephant reader!

Thanks for reaching out. Ecover and our suppliers follow the strict animal testing standards set by Cruelty Free International, the largest coalition of international animal protection organizations, and its Leaping Bunny certification. Its Humane Standards for evaluating β€œcruelty-free” and β€œanimal-friendly” are based on the most consistent global definition of β€œanimal” available – the one used in European law defining animals in two categories: live non-human vertebrate animals and live cephalopods. As daphnia are do not fall into either of those categories, they are not defined as animals and using them or other invertebrates in testing is allowable within the Leaping Bunny certification.

Testing with daphnia is recognized by the international scientific community as the global standard for aquatic safety. We adhere to that standard to ensure our products are safe for the environment when they go down your drain and don’t do things like create algal blooms that deplete water of oxygen and harm fish. To protect our waterways, it’s critical we’re able to effectively test our products’ aquatic impact. As the alternative to using daphnia to ensure aquatic safety is testing on fish, we believe we’re using the best method available.

We will continue to adhere to the global standards set by Cruelty Free International, so if you have further thoughts on their definition of animals or the Leaping Bunny criteria, please feel free to contact them directly at info@CrueltyFreeInternational.org.

The biggest flaw in Leaping Bunny’s certification process is how they don’t consider daphnia testing to be in the same category as testing on animals. It saddens me that both Ecover and Method are using this type of testing method but I’m equally disappointed to hear that Leaping Bunny’s certification doesn’t consider daphnia testing.

What are your thoughts about this whole ordeal?

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4 Comments
  • HikingMike
    May 27, 2017

    That definition of animal is ridiculous. It excludes most of the Animal kingdom.

  • Olga
    October 5, 2016

    Dear Vicky,

    I would also like to add that not only Ecover partake in daphia testing, but also their products are sold in Russia at “Organic Shop” chainstore, which unfortunately means that they are definitely not cruelty-free, because animal testing of household detergents is mandatory by Russian law. When I tried to reach out to Leaping Bunny by email for an explanation, my email was simply ignored! No answer whatsoever!

    • Vicky Ly
      October 7, 2016

      Hi Olga!
      That’s unfortunate that Russian laws require household detergents to be tested on animals!! =( and I’m sad to hear that Leaping Bunny never got back to you to clarify this matter.

      Have you tried sending your inquiry to Cruelty-Free International? (https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/) They’re essentially the same as Leaping Bunny but they handle applications from companies that have headquarters outside of the US and Canada! Maybe they can provide an explanation (or just simply respond back to you!) better than Leaping Bunny can.

      I’ll be sending them an email after I do a bit more research about this! Thanks for bringing this to me attention, Olga! =)

    • Johanna
      December 3, 2017

      I couldn’t find info about that. It seems that nowadays only China still requires animal testing?

β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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