As I've blogged about before, I cannot stand animal testing in general but especially in cosmetics.

I was under the impression they were still implementing the law for 2013 when no animal tested products were allowed to be sold in Europe.

Apparently that's not the case.

REACH is coming into place in March where all raw cosmetics ingredients will have to legally be test on animals. Even if they already know they're safe.

What has REACH got to do with animal testing?
REACH seeks to assess the safety of chemicals for human health and the environment, so tests need to be carried out to see what impact they have. The experiments used to assess the safety of chemicals are called toxicity tests, which traditionally involve the poisoning of guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, fish, rats and mice, although many non-animal alternatives now exist.

How many animals will be used in chemical safety tests?
Between 13 and 54 million animals could be used in the EU under REACH to test the safety of an estimated 30,000 or more chemicals between 2009 and 2018.

What kinds of animal experiments are carried out to test chemicals?
Toxicity tests involve force-feeding animals high doses of chemicals – many become seriously ill. The animals are always killed as part of the test if they do not die as a result of it. Tests may involve two-generation studies where pregnant animals are poisoned so the effects of the chemical can be seen in the babies.

The first proposed test under REACH was for an industrial lubricant, and involved force-feeding pregnant rats high doses of chemicals and killing them just before they are due to give birth.

- Source.

The internet is full of misinformation but sources are saying this has been going on for quite a few years now, they're just making it so it becomes obligatory.

I'm not going to pretend I know all the ins and outs of this as I've only just really heard about it but it's making me feel sick.

One of the Lush founders has made this creative little video regarding the law:

What do you think of this?
Have you heard anything about it?
Please do let me know your thoughts.

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