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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:
(Updated: Aug 14)
πŸ’„ Pixi Beauty
πŸ’„ Essence
πŸ’„ Barry M
πŸ’„ Physicians Formula
πŸ’„ Milani
πŸ’„ Mineral Fusion
πŸ’„ BH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ ColourPop
πŸ’„ CoverGirl
πŸ’„ L.A. Girl
πŸ’„ theBalm
πŸ’„ Makeup Revolution
πŸ’„ GOSH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ Jordana
πŸ’„ Flower Beauty
πŸ’„ Catrice
πŸ’„ Makeup Academy (MUA)
πŸ’„ Lottie London
πŸ’„ Real Techniques
πŸ’„ Ardell Lashes
πŸ’„ Eyelure
🏒 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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Why Be Cruelty-Free?

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C.A.R.E

Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in labs every year. That’s about 50 animals killed by the time you finish reading this sentence. And most of us will continue on with our day not realizing that we, as consumers, have the power and ability to help end these atrocities Β by simply choosing cruelty-free options.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly About Animal Testing

ANIMAL TESTING IS OUTDATED

It is true that in the past, without the use of animals to test ingredients, we wouldn’t have known the safety or human reaction to them but with modern technology, there are a number of cheaper, faster, and more reliable testing methods that don’t include the use of any animals.

More than 40 non-animal tests have already been validated for use, including cell and tissue cultures such as EpiDerm to test skin irritation; EpiSkin which is a three-dimensional human skin model comprised of reconstructed epidermis; synthetic membranes to test chemical mixtures on skin; and sophisticated computer models that can predict the absorption and distribution of chemicals within the body.

According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests are only 5%-25% accurate, whereas some non-animal alternatives are 80%-85% accurate.

In addition, more than 500 Canadian companies have agreed to not use animals to test new ingredients and instead, choosing from a list of 5,000 ingredients that are β€œgenerally recognized as safe” by the Canadian government.

ANIMAL TESTING IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW

Although the law requires that animals be used for medical testing in Canada, animals are not required for cosmetic testing.Β Companies must demonstrate that their products are safe to use however testing on animals isn’t required by law as proof for consumer safety.

In Canada: The Food and Drugs Act of Canada, the Cosmetic Regulations, and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations; all do not specify requirements for animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

In the United States: What about the products we get south of the border? Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission require animal testing for cosmetics.

ANIMAL TESTING IS CRUEL

Most of us would like to believe that animals used in labs are given pain relief or anesthesia while they have caustic chemicals applied to their sensitive skin and eyes, and then they’re released in the wild or given to sanctuaries after the experiments; but unfortunately none of this is true.

One of the most common procedures to test product safety onΒ animals is the Draize eye test where chemicals are dripped into one eye of a rabbit, while the other eye is left as a control. The rabbit is restrained, preventing it from responding naturally to the irritation. Redness, bleeding, ulcers, and blindness often occur.

Other cosmetic tests commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs include:

  • Skin irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on their sensitive shaved skin without any pain relief
  • Repeated force-feeding studies that last weeks or months, to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards
  • Swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine what dose causes death

At least 72 animals are used to test each product and animals are commonly killed after the tests, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.

THE GOOD NEWSΒ 

In March 2013, the European Union took the landmark step of banning all cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world, that means the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients subject to new animal testing after March 11th, 2013 is illegal throughout the 27 member countries of the E.U.

Israel imposed similar bans in 2007 and 2013. Similar policy change is also under considering in India and South Korea.

It’s time for Canada to join the movement!Β 

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