Lip Ink Commitment
to Cruelty Free Cosmetics
This page is purely copied from the USA - we are engaging with similar bodies in the UK
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than a million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Founded in 1980, PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns. www.peta.org
By 1996 "cruelty free" shopping had become so popular as to become confusing, sometimes misleading and ultimately frustrating. Companies had begun designing their own bunny logos, abiding by their own definition of "cruelty free" or "animal friendly" without the participation of animal protection groups.
In response, eight national animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized "leaping bunny"
logo. We are working with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy. - although other Cruelty Free Logos on this webpage are from the USA we have spoken to BUAV in the UK who do say we may display this symbol as it has been legitimately awarded to our parent Company in the USA they also asked us to state :-
"This international scheme is run in the UK by the BUAV, who work tirelessly to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.. You can find more information on the BUAV and a list of approved companies with products available in the UK, at http://www.gocrueltyfree.org ”
The Campaign for Safe Cosmeticsis a coalition of public health, educational, religious, labour, womens, environmental and consumer groups. Our goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems and replace them with safer alternatives. http://www.safecosmetics.org/
Founding groups of the campaign include:
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow,
The Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust, and Womens Voices for the Earth. In spring 2004, these groups and more than 50 other organizations signed a letter asking cosmetics companies to take our pledge, the
Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the Society strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. By promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional and educational standards, we reach our goal of improving the qualifications of cosmetic scientists. Our mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.
Comprised of over 3,800 members, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists was founded in 1945 to promote high standards of practice in the cosmetic sciences. We serve as a focus and provide the proper forums for the exchange of ideas and new developments in cosmetic research and technology. http://www.scconline.org/
The Animal Protection Institute (API) is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible. Founded in 1968, API's mission is to advocate for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation. Every year, billions of animals suffer in fur farms and circus cages, in slaughterhouses and product testing labs. In our campaigns against such cruelties, API uses powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, and grassroots networking. We also work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals.
API's primary campaign areas currently include animals used in entertainment, captive exotic animals, companion animals, compassionate consumerism, farmed animals, and wildlife protection.
API also provides "hands-on" care for animals at the API Primate Sanctuary, located in Dilley, Texas, where more than 400 primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in laboratories, roadside zoos, and private possession, live in as natural an environment as possible with minimal human interference.