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We breathed a sigh of relief when the EU banned the sales of cosmetics tested on animals, so do we still need to worry about cruelty-free?

We’ve all had a shopper’s-guilt shopper’s-guiltmoment. Whether it’s hastily T-shirtputting a value pack of meat in our cruelty-freetrollies, wondering how extensive cruelty-our carbon footprint is, or buying that cheap T-shirt – most of us have questioned our choices at some point. But questioning the ethical credentials of our beauty stash is a thing of the past, right? Not quite.

There was widespread commendation when the European Commission issued a blanket ban on animal-tested cosmetics back in March 2013. It brought to a close a 20-year campaign to end animal suffering in the name of beauty within the EU (until then, rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs were still legal in 80 per cent of countries. In particular, subjected to experiments during the manufacturing process). But, while the ban is in force, the animal testing debate continues – why?

Put simply, it’s because while it’s illegal across the majority of Europe, cosmetic animal experiments are it’s obligatory for international companies to submit their products for testing in China in order to sell there. Thus, many have altered their cruelty-free statements to admit they test on animals ‘when required by law’. There’s also debate around cruelty- free brands owned by animal-testing parent companies, and those that test via third parties. It’s also not illegal in the USA.

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We’re staying #Hotandhealthy in the August issue of healthy. This issue we’re talking about sex: from the results of our sex survey – and how to stay satisfied between the sheets – to our deliciously satisfying, sexy salads to sustain you while the sun shines. We explore how to put heart into mindfulness, brush up on how to really listen, and ask what’s the best age to live to? We have expert advice on how to look and feel your best, from ethical beauty buys through to help for allergies and strategies for backache. Plus, we examine whether splashing out on exercise gear equals a better workout?