In this day and age it’s hard to believe that animal testing for cosmetic purposes is permitted in the United States.

Laurmé Skin Care has joined with 200 other companies (and growing) in supporting The Humane Cosmetics Act, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States.  The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790) is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY).

I have been an avid animal lover my entire life.  From my earliest memories as a child, my dogs were the world to me.  I am a past volunteer at my local no-kill shelter, and I’m proud to have been owned by many rescue dogs and cats.  In my ideal world I am always surrounded by barking, purring, sweet furry hugs and kisses, and a houseful of pet hair! 

From the very beginning, it was critical to me that Laurmé Skin Care receive third-party certification as a cruelty-free company.  To me Leaping Bunny certification was the gold standard. Leaping Bunny Certified products have not been tested on animals at any point in the creation process – not the finished products and not the ingredients that go into the finished products.

Does your favorite cosmetic brand sell products in China?  In 2014 China passed legislation to limit animal testing, but this applies to “ordinary cosmetics produced and sold in China.” If cosmetics are being imported to China, there is no legislation banning animal testing.  In addition, products manufactured and sold in China are still subject to China’s post-market surveillance testing. Cosmetics that are already on sale are chosen at random for extra testing. 

According to an excerpt from a Humane Society International press release in June 2014, Peter Li, PhD, HSI’s China policy adviser, states: “We know that many cruelty-free companies will be keen to sell in China, but they need to be cautious. China will almost certainly increase its post-market surveillance testing, so I’m afraid for the time being it is impossible for a cruelty-free company to manufacture and sell in China without the risk that its products will be dripped in a rabbit’s eyes or forced down a mouse’s throat.

This still holds true today! We have the modern scientific knowledge, and we most certainly should have the compassion, to stop this inhumane treatment of animals, and we can help do this with our wallets.  Most of the top cosmetic brands still employ testing on animals despite it being well documented that these tests are notoriously unreliable.  

If you’d like to show your support to end this cruel and barbaric practice, you can take action here.

About the Leaping Bunny Program: The Leaping Bunny Program, founded in 1996, is administered by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). CCIC is comprised of the following animal protection organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; The Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; National Anti-Vivisection Society; and New England Anti-Vivisection Society.

We are proud to be Leaping Bunny Certified, and you can rest assured and be confident knowing all of our products are cruelty-free – and an effortless click away!! 


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