China used to require cosmetics to be tested on animals, which effectively banned cruelty-free brands like The Body Shop and Burt’s Bees from the stores. Now it’s changed the rules and many tests are done on living skin samples. The $30 billion Chinese makeup market responded to increasing demands from consumers in other countries for cruelty-free products. [Bloomberg]
Plus, four top food and beverage companies with $27 billion of annual sales just promised to stop testing on animals. Some of their products include Top Ramen and Jim Beam.
- There are 311 threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Trump Administration wants to narrow the definition of “threatened” to a case-by-case basis and bar the sage grouse and burying beetle from the endangered species list for 10 years. [Vox]
- Latinos are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than whites. Their families (and family restaurants) are rallying around them and going vegan. [NPR]
- 3,300 baby birds were grounded after flying into lights from one salt mining company in Chile over the course of just three months. [Atlantic]
- Cats have contributed to at least 63 extinctions around the world. There’s a $1.5 million conservation effort underway in the District of Columbia to count all of the city’s feral and house cats. The estimated completion date is 2021. [New York Times]
- Termites half-a-centimeter long build covered walkways up to 230 feet long by eating the grass, vegetation, and cow poo in their way. The result is a network of 4-inch-wide corridors that works like one big superorganism. [Popular Science]