Animal rights activists celebrated in 2013 when animal testing was banned for make-up brands in Europe. Yes to cruelty free!
Animal rights: Europe and the rest of the world
These regulations have undoubtedly saved thousands of animals from cruel chemical testing, and are without a doubt a step in the right direction. However, these laws don't exist in some other parts of the world.
In China, testing on animals is REQUIRED before selling to the public.
Many brands that are cruelty-free in Europe have taken their business to China, and in order to do so, are required by Chinese law to pay for animal testing.
Here are some brands that decided to sell-out in order to capture a new target market:
4. Cover Girl
5. Estée Lauder
12. Victoria's Secret
If you want to stick to your guns and switch to a brand that hasn't given up on being cruelty-free, PETA has some suggestions for replacing your favourite products here.
And just in case you were wondering, here are the brands that have said that they won't be selling their products in China until the country finds an alternative to law-enforced animal cruelty:
1. Alba Botanica
3. Bath&Body Works
4. Kiss My Face
7. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
8. Pangea Organics
9. Paul Mitchell
10. Smashbox Costmetics
11. The Body Shop
12. Too Faced Cosmetic
13. Urban Decay
Have you switched to cruelty-free brands?