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Support the sales ban on animal tested cosmetics

Posted 20 January 2011

After many years of campaigning, all animal testing of cosmetics was finally eliminated within the EU in March 2009. This was accompanied by a marketing ban, which prohibited the sale within the EU of cosmetics whose ingredients have been tested on animals – with the exception of tests for repeated dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. The ban is due to be extended to cover these remaining tests in 2013.

However, it is now looking as though the EU Commission will propose that this final phase of the ban be delayed, which would allow cruelly tested cosmetics to continue to be sold in the EU past 2013.

Please ask your MP to sign EDM 1242 urging that the 2013 deadline be upheld.

Some points you can mention when writing to your MP:

The tests cause great suffering. They involve force-feeding chemicals into an animal’s stomach or applying them to their shaved skin. Symptoms include organ damage, nausea, inflammation and convulsions.

Cosmetics are non-essential products. It is morally unacceptable that animals should suffer in the course of producing what many regard as trivial items.

This is not a public safety issue. More than 8,000 cosmetic ingredients are already available, each of them established as safe. They are currently being used by many cruelty-free companies participating in the international “Leaping Bunny” scheme.

Product innovation will not come to an end. Novel products can continue to be introduced onto the market, but all testing must be done using non-animal methods. If appropriate validated tests are not yet available, then these must be developed before the product is introduced. For as long as exemptions to the ban are permitted and extended, there is a lack of incentive to develop animal-free methods, as required by the Directive.

Companies have had plenty of time to develop alternatives. The relevant Directive (2003/15/EC) was introduced in February 2003 – and, of course, the debate and legislative moves go back many years before that time.

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