What’s the whitelist of the German Humane Society?
The highest standard against animal experiments can be found at the companies that are listed on the positive list of the German Humane Society. The German Humane Society has established strict guidelines against animal testing. The companies on the whitelist don’t use ingredients which have been tested on animals after 1979. Neither directly nor indirectly, nor an outsourced company is animal testing. Fair enough. But the anti-animal testing policy now gets counteracted by the EU-chemicals regulation REACH. Under REACH all substances permitted prior to 1979 are re-tested on animals. Nevertheless, the companies are forming the whitelist as a bulwark against animal testing machinery and adhere to their strict criteria.
IHTK Seal "Rabbit with protecting hand"
The IHTK (International Manufacturers Association against animal testing in cosmetics) has been fighting for many years in close cooperation with the German Humane Society for the ban of animal experiments in cosmetics. All products that comply with the directive of IHTK are identified by the symbol "Rabbit with a protecting hand."
This quality seal indicates to consumers that:
• no animal testing for development and manufacture of final products is performed
• no raw materials which were tested after 01.01.1979 for the first time in animal experiments are processed
• no materials which were won by cruelty to animals or animals specifically were killed for are used
(e.g. mink oil, spermaceti, civet, turtle oil, silk, cochineal). Excluded are raw materials of live animals such as bees wax, honey, dairy products and wool fat
• no economic dependency on other companies which are testing on animals or commission animal testing.
All IHTK-member companies must regularly reveal detailed lists of raw materials with declarations of suppliers
plus reveal all products recipes and declare all ingredients on the packaging.
There's more information at http://www.ihtk.de/ihtk-en.htm
Leaping Bunny / HCS
The quality seal "Leaping Bunny" is found now on more and more cosmetic products in Germany. The symbol of the "leaping bunny" was developed and enforced by major international animal protection organizations like Four Paws Austria, BUAV (British Union continued he Abolition of Vivisection, England), LAV (Lega Anti Vivisezione, Italy) and the AG STG under the joint project of the ECEAE (European Coalition to End all Animal Experiments, England). It is allocating cosmetics and household products which are produced and distributed cruelty-free. The globally recognized seal of quality for cruelty-free cosmetics does correlate with "Humane Cosmetic Standard" (HCS). Any company that qualifies for the Leaping Bunny certification standards agrees to comply with the guideline strictly and without exception. This is checked regularly by an independent audit. The "leaping bunny" is unique in that this seal of quality is the first international initiative for cruelty-free cosmetics and therefore is representative of a global animal welfare policy.
Products marked with the Veganblume are guaranteed vegan. Both product and production process are free
of animal-components and cruelty-free. Only the UK Vegan Society is authorized to award the seal of approval.
Storebrands of Müller and Rossmann (Germany) – e.g Terra Naturi natural cosmetics http://www.mueller-drogerie.at/sortiment/naturkosmetik/marken.html
Storebrands of DM - Babylove baby products, Alverde natural cosmetics, Balea (Men) and Ebelin chemist products, réell’e hair cosmetics, Dontodent dental care, Sanft und Sicher and Jessa sanitation and paper products, Denk mit cleaning supplies, Sundance sun cosmetics, Dein Bestes pet food DM generally sets a high value on sustainability http://www.dm-drogeriemarkt.de/cms/servlet/segment/de_homepage/marke-dm/...