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The ECEAE, the leading European coalition of groups campaigning to end animal experiments, has welcomed the recognition by the European Commission of the significant progress in the development of alternatives to cosmetic tests on animals, and also the decision not to rush into a proposal to extend the 2013 marketing deadline on the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics in the EU. The Commission’s position was reported in its annual report on the development, validation and legal acceptance of alternative methods to animal tests in the field of cosmetics.
The ECEAE urges the Commission to respect the previous commitment of the European institutions and the overwhelming wish of European consumers by holding firm to the ban on marketing new cosmetics products in Europe which have been tested on animals.
The ECEAE's Chief Executive Michelle Thew observed, “It is inconsistent for the European Union to ban animal testing for cosmetics within the EU on moral grounds, but allow the import of products tested on animals outside the EU. Increasing numbers of cosmetics companies have stopped this practice and it is time for Europe to take the lead and end the sale of all cosmetics in Europe that have been tested on animals.”