While I love our fluffy (and scaley for that matter, we have a pet frog) friends, I'm not one of those people that only buys and uses products based on whether or not they test on animals. I was recently reminded of this "hot topic" on twitter, when the Pixiwoo sisters had a situation with L'Oreal.
Here's my thoughts on it. All new ingredients require testing (though not "animal testing" as such) per the FDA. However, PETA wasn't founded till 1980 and the FDA was found in 1930 and lipstick has existed for quite a while. You do the math.
While the FDA doesn't promote animal testing for cosmetic items, they do in a somewhat round about way say that it may become necessary after researching other options to "assure the safety of a product or ingredient".
So what does this mean?
Well, it means that all "new" ingredients need to be tested to assure safety. Most ingredients have already been testing at one point or another so they don't need to be tested again. Many of these ingredients were tested by the use of animal testing. Take Titanium Dioxide for example. How many "natural" "animal friendly" or "vegan" products do you know that use this ingredient? Sorry, that's mostly a rhetorical question.
What I would hope, is that companies choose to use these old findings and not test their own products using animals unless they are under some other legal obligation to do so. And that they should use any other means necessary unless it were necessary for safety per FDA regulations. It would make more business sense to not spend the money to test!
What are your thoughts? While I encourage intelligent debates, please remain civil!