The European Union (EU) is on track to ban all animal tested cosmetics by March 2013, but some in the cosmetics industry want to push the date back.
Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned since 2004. In 2009, testing was been banned for ingredients, formulas and finished products, regardless of whether or not testing occurred in Europe. However, there are still three types of testing are allowed, which include repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics.
On September 13, the European Commission stated that it would not be possible to find alternatives by the deadline and is “currently assessing the impacts of the implementation of the full marketing ban by 2013 (environmental, animal welfare, economic and social) and on the basis of that assessment will decide whether or not to make a proposal in relation to the marketing ban.”
In response, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) stated in a review of testing alternatives that “the scientific case for an extension to the 2013 deadline is not made out. Indeed, extending the deadline would undermine the excellent work done by industry to meet the deadline. Resources should instead be provided to complete the validation and acceptance of the remaining non-animal alternatives in time for 2013.”
Over 100,000 caring consumers and celebrities have signed the No Cruel Cosmetics petition, which was started by the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), of which the BUAV is the Secretariat and UK member group.
We are overwhelmed by the incredible response to our No Cruel Cosmetics campaign, and are pleased to reach this important milestone. Many people are shocked to learn that animal testing outside the EU for cosmetics and toiletries sold in the EU is still perfectly legal and may continue to be unless we act now,” said Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of BUAV and ECEAE.
Please sign the petition below to support the ban and visit the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign for more information. For a list of companies that do and don’t test on animals, check out the Leaping Bunny.
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