In
a new development, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has made a
decision that could allow some cosmetics companies to stop conducting cruel, archaic tests on animals and switch to modern,
humane testing methods. The CFDA has given companies that manufacture cosmetics
within China’s borders the go-ahead to submit their own data on their products’
toxicity to the government, rather than being forced to pay the government to
conduct animal tests on their behalf. This means that companies may choose to
use only in vitro (test tube) tests. Concerned
that Chinese companies that are not yet familiar with the broad range of non-animal tests would continue to use
the same old, cruel methods, PETA is going to continue to provide scientists
from the Institute for In
Vitro Sciences (IIVS)
 with funding to train
Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods. 

Since
PETA first exposed this issue, we have provided
IIVS scientists with funding
both to educate scientists in China on superior,
non-animal testing methods and to
provide government officials there with guidance on accepting non-animal testing
methods and developing a five-year plan to accept the tests currently used in the
U.S. and Europe.

This
move by the CFDA is a step in the right direction. For now, products
manufactured outside China as well as so-called “functional cosmetics,”
such as anti-wrinkle cream, will still be subject to the animal-testing
requirement, but PETA and the IIVS will continue to work to see that those
tests are ended, too.

In
North America, consumers are fortunate to have thousands of cruelty-free
cosmetics products at our fingertips. And PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies makes it easy for us to
vote with our dollars and tell companies that we prefer “beauty without
bunnies.”

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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