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IBA Responds to 'Save Ralph," Issues Statement Against Animal Testing

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IBA's statement comes after the launch of the social media video "Save Ralph." Photo: The Humane Society International.

The Independent Beauty Association (IBA) has issued a statement in support of eliminating animal testing to establish the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

Related: China Finalizes Animal Test Exemptions, CSAR Requirements for Cosmetics

In a press release, IBA stated the following.

  • The highest priority for its industry is the creation of products that are safe for the consumer.

  • It applauds and supports the 50 years of scientific investigation into alternative methods that has resulted in modern validated methodologies, eliminating the need to use animals to establish a cosmetic’s safety.

  • It pledges to continue to work with the industry and regulators, nationwide and abroad, to make animal testing a thing of the past.

IBA's stance comes in response to the Humane Society International (HSI) producing a social media video on the topic of animal testing for cosmetics called "Save Ralph." In it, Ralph is the spokes-bunny for HSI's global campaign to ban cosmetic testing on animals.