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Well, it’s happening. The unthinkable has suddenly become a stark reality. The government made a reversal of the UK animal testing ban that was standing for 25 years. Yes, you read that right: the UK ban on animal testing is being reversed.
You might be sitting there, jaw dropped and eyes wide open in disbelief. But hang tight; we’ll delve into the details together.
What does this mean for our furry friends? And more importantly, what’s the driving force behind such a drastic decision?
It’s crucial to understand that this isn’t just about cosmetics or beauty products anymore – it’s much bigger than that.
In this article, we’re going to explore exactly why these changes are taking place and what they could mean for the future of animal welfare in the UK. So get ready – you’re about to be fully informed on a topic that’s causing quite a stir!
Reversal Of The UK Animal Testing Ban
Imagine this: You’ve been a strong advocate for cruelty-free makeup, only to hear that the UK government has decided to allow animal testing for makeup ingredients again after a 25-year ban.
Yes, you heard it right. This change in policy was made to align with EU chemical rules and was revealed in a recent High Court ruling. Not surprisingly, more than 80 brands are as shocked and dismayed as we are.
Now, you might be wondering what’s going on here? Well, since 1998, there has been an absolute ban on animal testing for makeup or its ingredients in the UK.
But everything took an unexpected turn when the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) ruled last year that some cosmetic ingredients need to be tested on animals to ensure workers’ safety during manufacturing.
It’s important you understand that manufacturers still can’t perform any animal tests just to check if their products are safe for consumers – they should use other methods for that.
Yet, this new policy allows them to test chemicals found commonly in foundations and concealers on animals like rats.
We couldn’t believe our ears either when we heard Cruelty Free International (CFI), which brought this case forward in court, arguing it was illegal and breaching the existing ban from ’98 – lost!
Mr. Justice Linden ruled the changes were legal under current laws but did find it “regrettable” that no one informed them about these changes.
Big names like Unilever, The Body Shop, and Boots, who have always campaigned against animal testing, didn’t take this lightly either.
CFI called out lifting of the ban as “outrageous,” while Christopher Davis from The Body Shop said they’ll fight vigorously against these changes.
Over at Conscious Bunny, we’re appalled by how one ruling could shake up our entire cosmetics industry! We strongly condemn such actions because not only is animal testing incredibly cruel but also entirely unnecessary, given all available humane alternatives today!
What bothers us even more are misleading headlines suggesting your makeup will continue avoiding animal tests – a half-truth at best!
Sure, final products won’t undergo any tests, but individual ingredients can still be tested on animals thanks to this latest ruling – a crucial detail conveniently overlooked by many reports!
Like many fellow advocates standing up against cruelty towards animals, we’re deeply disappointed, too! But don’t lose hope yet because CFI announced they’d appeal against the court’s decision asking the government to reinstate the complete ban again – and we stand with them!
So, let’s keep fighting together because every voice matters! Remember, each time you support cruelty-free companies worldwide making a difference, you’re part of positive change, too! And rest assured if anything else unfolds around this topic – we’ll keep you posted.
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