The term Cruelty-Free is not regulated by the FDA and is not protected for use. This means that vegan makeup manufacturers or anyone can use the term without repercussions. However, several independent organisations such as the leaping bunny have dominated in the makeup and skincare industry with their animal rights and cruelty-free testing regime. Even non-vegan brands are starting to use the Leaping Bunny.
The common question is about how cruelty-free labeling use and the claims such as”Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Many makeup and skincare brands promote their products with promises of the kind in their labeling or advertisements. Some companies may apply such claims solely with their finished cosmetic products.
Nevertheless, these businesses may rely upon raw material providers or third-party labs to perform any animal testing necessary to substantiate product or ingredient safety. Other makeup and skincare brands rely on mixtures of scientific literature, non-animal testing, raw material safety testing, or regulated human-use analysis to substantiate their product safety.
Most raw materials used now have been demonstrated to be safe and effective, this is because some years ago most of those raw materials used today in makeup and skincare products were rigorously tested on animals before any kind of regulations were in place.
Some manufacturers claim to be more cruelty-free use testing apparatuses in china and export the tested chemicals into their lab for production. This is called “laundering”. And the primary brand assumes no responsibility for animal testing. China has no regulation or control over animal testing. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
As mentioned above, cruelty-free is not a legally protected term and can be used by anyone for any product without legal repercussions. Here are some finer points to consider which are also strong points to consider going cruelty-free even if you are not vegan.
- Raw materials that have not been synthesized into ingredients within your product are still tested on animals.
- The manufacturer or brand relied on evaluation results in the external business and therefore are not liable for mislabeling under for any reason. “it was not us, it was them”.
- The testing happened in another county, china, which does not have the best reputation for being transparent.
- All products which are marketed for human consumption must undergo some degree of animal testing in China, as per their law. Therefore, any product produced in china has been tested on animals.