European ban on tested toiletries
Today’s topic is something I needed to share, but have been holding off for a couple of days..
Simply because I really have no idea how to put it.
I have no evidence, all I have to share is what the ban is and the warning circling around in my head.
Last week someone I can now call a good friend that I originally met through blogging, Kristien, reminded me of the European ban that’s on its way.
About to be implemented on March 11th.
She and I both agreed on having doubts.
What the ban says:
From March 11th onward there will be a ban forbidding the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients in the European Union.
They must not have been tested on animals anywhere in the world at any point.
The ban is applicable to everyone that wants to sell cosmetics in the European Union, and covers all toilet articles, from soap to toothpaste and all sorts of beauty products.
And as far as I can tell, this will be a fixed cut-off date, not a ‘x’ year rolling rule.
So the ban will be in immediate effect and will keep going.
(Whereas the ‘x’ year rolling rule would mean a tested product may be sold if it hasn’t been tested the past x amount of years.)
Animal rights organisations have been fighting toward this for years and years, and equally dozens of companies have been fighting against it.
L’Oréal even filed a case against it at the European court of Justice.
When I just started reading up about animal testing, this sounded like heaven to me.
However along the way I just forgot about it… because to be honest, I had no idea how it would turn out.
It still sounds like a dream come true, but who knows what it might bring.
I have no business knowledge, but as bulletproof as it may sound, I can imagine there’d be enough loopholes..
I’ll sum up the apocalyptic ideas me and Kristien were discussing:
(Then if you feel like it, tell me your take on them! And please prove me wrong to give me hope lol.)
1) Companies had time on their side
Like I said, the first time I heard about this was when I just started getting into the animal testing concept. Which was about… 2.5 years ago now.
Europe is a pretty big market, not the biggest, but big noneteless!
Are you going to tell me a giant like Rimmel or Estée Lauder will just drop that?
Ici Paris (a high end perfume and cosmetics store here in Belgium) would be as good as empty!
A sales ban is about as harsh as it gets, but it wouldn’t surprise me if companies found a loophole already.
2) Mother companies are safe
The Body Shop is the campaign pioneer for this ban.. even though they do provide money for animal testing executed by their mother company.
But technically the body shop’s products haven’t been tested on animals, so hey, everything’s good.
Paul McGreevy from The Body Shop: “This amazing victory in Europe is only the end of one chapter. The future of beauty products has to be made 100% horror free.”
Are you insulting your sugar daddy there?… :P
3) Companies will be going underground
This ban might make companies seek out alternatives that are harder to find, rather than stop testing..
So will they be tracing ingredients back to their origins?
See where they originally came from and whether they were tested anywhere on the way?
Possibly even by the mother company itself?
And are they going to be checking up on the raw ingredients as well?
As well as labs that were ever linked to suppliers?
Aka how thorough will they be and who’s in charge?
If I think back to how I used to perceive things.. a lot of people might just go buy Mac Factor, Rimmel, etc. because there is a ban now.
This ban will create a (possibly false) sense of trust.
Of course it’s a giant leap forward, the blood and tears of all animal activists weren’t for nothing.
However I don’t know.. maybe i’m just plotting here but until I see tested cosmetic giants dissapearing from the stores i’ll remain a little sceptical about it.
If I see it in action I might see the sun!
Israël already went ahead and initiated the same ban in January, so it might just work for us as well.
All I can say is, it’s going so well now, animal testing has been popping up in the media more and more.
We’ve all been doing a great job inspiring others one by one.
Let’s keep second guessing and searching for the small print! ;)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, is there anything I forgot?
Or anything i’m wrong about?
Posted on February 6, 2013, in Being cruelty free, Box o' thought and tagged 2013, animal rights, animal testing, ban, cosmetics, cruelty free, march, media, test animals, toiletries. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.