ALDI & a Brief Look at Animal Testing for Medicine

 

Aldi. They’re everywhere. They pop up overnight and are nearly as common as Starbucks. But great news. Their products have been given the Leaping Bunny seal of approval! Here’s the (extremely prompt) response I got from them;

“Thank you for contacting Aldi Customer Services regarding our animal testing policy. 

ALDI is committed to animal welfare and it is our policy that all our own-label range of household products, cosmetics and toiletries and their ingredients are not tested on animals. 

We are pleased to confirm that all our household products hold the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Logo.

I hope this gives you the confidence that ALDI takes the issue of animal testing seriously.”

Super! So now we can clean our houses with a clear conscience. There isn’t much information on their site about the products mentioned but they can be found in store. Keep an eye out for the Leaping Bunny! https://www.aldi.ie/

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A few readers have contacted me asking about other shop-brand cleaning products. I am still awaiting replies from SuperValu and Tesco. Tesco products such as toiletries and household cleaning products have “Not tested on animals” on them already which is a good sign but the brand themselves are not on any Cruelty Free websites so I am curiously awaiting their response. I anticipate that they can’t be classed as a Cruelty Free brand because their range includes a selection of medicinal products which fall under different laws to cosmetic and household products.

Unfortunately testing on animals for medicine and vaccines isn’t banned in the EU like cosmetic testing is. Testing on Great Apes has been banned, and testing on wild-caught animals (unless the individual study requires it) has also been banned. It is something with the EU are monitoring closely and do wish to call an end to.

EU legislation has implemented the following, which they call “the 3 Rs”;

Replacement – methods which avoid or replace the use of animals.

Reduction – minimising the numbers of animals used – for example by improving the experimental design and statistical analysis used in a study.

Refinement – improving experimental procedures, and other factors affecting animals such as their housing and care, to reduce suffering and improve welfare throughout the animals’ lives.

https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/non-human-primates-testing-5-reducing-the-use_en 

It is too difficult for the EU to give a definitive timeline for the phasing out of testing on animals for medicine. More information is available here:

https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/non-human-primates-testing-6-determining-the-timeline_en 

“We believe that the need to experiment on animals, and the justification for the suffering caused, should be more critically questioned.” (RSPCA)

It’s an interesting read and it’s great to know that animal testing for medicine and vaccines is being monitored closely in the UK at least.

While I don’t like the ethics of it, its a different situation we enter into when it comes down to life and death situations compared to testing on animals for mascara and household cleaners.

Here’s more information about animal testing in medicinal circumstances if you’re interested:

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/laboratory/medicinesandvaccines

https://science.rspca.org.uk/sciencegroup/researchanimals/implementing3rs

https://animal-testing.procon.org/ 

As soon as Tesco and SuperValu respond I will pop it on my blog and Instagram account. I’m really interested to see what they have to say!

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