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I know just what you mean, Rosalie. Frankly, I'd rather eat what is -literally- under a rock than some of the monstrosities that pass for "food."

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3/12/13 9:10 P

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That's wonderful Rheyn.

One of the reasons I'm enjoying eating whole foods is because I don't have to rely on others to prepare it. It's kind of a nightmare once you start looking under the rock.

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This is good news. Complicated, though, for sure, by the fact that any products sold in China are REQUIRED to be tested on animals, so big manufacturers will have to either choose between two profitable markets, or make two different-but-the-same product lines. I think we all know what the ethical decision is, but rarely does ethics play a part in big business.

Lately, I've been cracking the whip around our house about purging not only anything that isn't cruelty-free, but anything that is ultimately associated with a parent company that engages in animal testing. Part of what's frustrating about it is that brands such as Tom's of Maine that were at one time planet-, people-, and animal-friendly independent companies (I have fond childhood memories of visiting the factory!) are now under big biz umbrellas that I have no desire to support, animal testing or not. This is one instance in which I am especially thankful for the internet, because it makes finding out whether a product or brand is vegan and cruelty-free fast and easy.

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This kind of thing makes me very happy that I don't wear makeup.

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EU Bans Sale Of Animal-Tested Cosmetics By JUERGEN BAETZ 03/11/13 03:26 PM ET EDT

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Demonstrators in rabbit costumes danced in front of EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
The European Union banned the sale of new cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals with immediate effect Monday.

"This is a great opportunity for Europe to set an example of responsible innovation in cosmetics without any compromise on consumer safety," said Tonio Borg, the EU's top official on health and consumer issues.

Animal rights groups were quick to cheer the measure, but Cosmetics Europe, a trade body representing the EU's (EURO)71 billion ($93 billion) industry, said the ban "acts as a brake on innovation."

While the industry's rabbits, mice or guinea pigs used in testing will now be spared, consumers are unlikely to notice immediate changes because products containing ingredients that were tested on animals before the ban can remain on the shelves.

The 27-country bloc's executive arm, the European Commission, claimed the decision "is in line with what many European citizens believe firmly: that the development of cosmetics does not warrant animal testing."

The EU has banned animal testing of finished cosmetic products since 2004. The ban on cosmetics containing animal-tested ingredients was first decided four years ago but initially left loopholes for certain tests following resistance from cosmetics companies.

At the moment, neither the U.S. nor Asian markets have similar bans in place. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the sale of unsafe cosmetics, it doesn't require that animal tests be conducted to show that the cosmetics are safe.

Animal rights groups such as Humane Society International cheered the EU's decision on the full ban as a major step in stopping animals' suffering, saying the bloc has now become "the world's largest cruelty-free cosmetics market."

The group also said it hopes the course taken by the EU - whose nations combined form the world's biggest economy - will soon be replicated by the global cosmetics industry.


The phase-out of animal testing over the years in Europe has resulted in a dramatic drop in such activity among U.S. cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers looking to sell overseas. U.S. beauty makers generated about $38.3 billion in revenue in 2011, according to the latest statistics from the Washington-based industry trade group Personal Care Products Council.

"This had an impact on the U.S. cosmetic industry," said Kathy Guillermo, senior vice-president of laboratory investigation for the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA. "It also ushered in a whole new era of non-animal science" in Europe.

The cosmetic industry's European trade body, however, said the new EU ban threatens the industry's competitiveness and comes too early because there is still no alternative for some specific animal tests to ensure the safety of all ingredients.

Cosmetics Europe chief Bertil Heerink said "by implementing the ban at this time, the European Union is jeopardizing the industry's ability to innovate," putting the 27-country bloc at odds with its own goal of fostering a knowledge and science-driven economy.

The sector's European cosmetic companies had 2010 revenues of (EURO)71 billion, directly employing some 180,000 people, according to the EU Commission.

The Commission stressed it will engage with its trading partners - for example, the United States and China - "to explain and promote the European model and to work towards the international acceptance" of the ban.

"The Commission will make this an integral part of the Union's trade agenda and international cooperation," it said.

The EU and the U.S. are currently launching negotiations aimed at reaching a free-trade agreement.

New cosmetic products manufactured outside the EU containing ingredients that were tested on animals could still be sold in Europe, but only if producers are able to document their safety to EU regulators without using data gathered through animal tests, said EU health official Sabine Lecrenier.

Cosmetic products that contain pharmaceutical ingredients that have been tested on animals because of the EU's rules governing pharmaceutical products can also still be marketed in Europe.

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