100,000 Say No to Cruel Cosmetics


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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William C
William C11 months ago


W. C
W. C11 months ago

Thank you.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Thanks for keeping us informed.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

Phil and Barbar b.

Testing on animals is horrible, they should not suffer for us!!!! There are alot of good companies that DON'T test on animals, I only buy from them!!!!!!!

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine5 years ago

MY "PET" PROJECT IS "PASSION FOR COMPASSION BEHIND FASHION. I WILL STAND WITH YOU; PLEASE STAND WITH ME - AS WE, TOGETHER SHINE A "SPOT" LIGHT ON THE CHOSEN "FEW" AND REMAIN BLIND TO THEIR LARGER MARKET, YET, TO BE THEIR LARGEST MARKET EVER. Fashion does not stop or manufacture clientele; market value does. In an effort to inform you and share with you what I mean by market value in my eyes, I was blessed with opportunity to acquire a Oleg Cassini valour burnt-burgundy blazer, tailored as if meant for me straight off the production line - complete with manufactured style, still stitched to left cuff. I know, I could not believe it either! And yes, I could have taken this business mind to good use and place it on or in auction houses. It was meant for me to, now, I find use as a classic and unique show of, what I know to be of historical value. For those whom do not know of Oleg Cassini, he is famed for a variety of acts, my I namely know him due to his association with Jackie Kennedy Onassis. To know I am cloked with an enormous patch of history; I remain choked with awe.

Anna Borsey
Anna Borsey6 years ago

Already signed!

To torture animals, sentient beings, for the wholly frivolous cosmetics industry is a vile and immoral thing to do. We humans have NO right to inflict pain and suffering on other living creatures - especially as in this instance it is for the sake of vanity and self-gratification. The suffering of laboratory animals is VAST, and it is all unnecessary and inhumane. Please ensure that ALL EU members comply with the new law! No exceptions!

Carrie Anne Brown

Signed thanks for sharing this article :)

Robyn B.
Robyn Vorsa6 years ago

I will only buy products that are cruelty free and I do not support companies that use animals to test their products.

Chris G.
Chris Guy6 years ago

This article states that the EU Commission wants an extension as it does not have alternative means for testing available at present nor will it by the 2013 deadline. Perhaps members of the esteemed EU Commission are not quite as esteemed as they would like to consider themselves. HERE'S A RANDOM SUGGESTION: Until such time as humane/non-animal testing is available, that product will not be offered to the public. It is a virtual CERTAINTY that the brains within the EU Commission will rapidly find ways to appropriately and non-controversially test their products. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that animals testing in incredibly innaccurate. Of course, even it was accurate, animals should not be tortured for human pleasure or convenience. It's really rather simple.