FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

WE SUCCEEDED!

Thanks to your support, we have collected 8 million signatures, which will contribute to the imposition of a ban on testing animals in cosmetics forever. The collection of signatures has been completed and they have already been submitted to the UN.


HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE A GLOBAL BAN ON ANIMAL COSMETICS TESTING?




In October 2019, together with our animal rights supporters, we submitted 8.3 million signatures from around the world to the UN headquarters in New York. We will talk to as many representatives of the Organization as possible to gain their support and work together to adopt an international agreement to suspend animal testing in cosmetics. After that, we will lobby in different countries to make sure that the ban will be applied everywhere.


THE GLOBAL BAN IS AN AMBITIOUS GOAL. IS IT REALLY ACHIEVABLE?





Yes, we think so! So far, we are enjoying the exceptional support of the campaign. Animal testing in cosmetics has been banned in the EU for five years, and market research shows that in 2018, consumers are increasingly turning to products that have not been tested on animals, as well as vegan products. Thanks to the development of science and technology, we are witnessing significant innovations, allowing the imposition of non-animal testing methods. Now is the best time to stop testing cosmetics on animals!


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO STOP TESTING ANIMAL COSMETICS?





We are working hard with Cruelty Free International to reach an international agreement. Making global decisions can take time, but your signatures prove you want results now. We are seeing more and more countries, such as Canada, Brazil and Australia, moving towards ending animal testing in cosmetics. We expect this trend to grow. This means that it is crucial to create a common framework so that all countries have unified legislation in this area and the ban is introduced everywhere.


HOW DO WE ACTUALLY TEST PRODUCTS?

Our products pass a number of tests to make sure they are safe and effective. We use three main testing methods, including computer data created in a laboratory tissue, and humans.

1. In-silico (computer data based) analysis that uses data we already have and calculates the compatibility of different components.

2. Created in laboratory tissue (EpiSkin), based on human skin cells. It allows us to conduct safety tests on cells that respond in virtually the same way as human skin without harming humans or animals.

3. To ensure good tolerance by humans, we often test the products by applying a very small amount on a person's skin. This makes sure that the product is safe and effective. This is usually the last stage of the tests.

4. We also conduct controlled consumer tests, in which volunteers test the products for their effect on the skin and their effectiveness.

The tests are performed under the supervision of doctors, if necessary.
All cosmetic companies can use testing methods that do not involve animals. This is the main goal of our FAAT campaign.


HISTORY OF THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING IN COSMETICS

1989

The Body Shop is the first cosmetics company to launch a campaign against animal cosmetics testing.

1998

As a result of the ongoing campaign, the UK government has banned the testing of cosmetics and ingredients on animals.

2004

The campaign of The Body Shop and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, now Cruelty Free International) is contributing to the ban on animal testing of cosmetics in the EU.

2009

The EU also imposes a ban on cosmetic ingredients.

2013

We are celebrating! In the EU, the ban is supplemented by a ban on the import and sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals. Our joint campaign with Cruelty Free International has collected 1 million signatures.

2017

We collected 3 million signatures.

2018

Together we collected 8 million signatures! We have submitted a petition to the UN to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals worldwide.