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There has been a ban on conducting animal tests for cosmetics in the EU since 2009. However, cosmetics tested on animals outside the EU can still be sold. A sales ban that would prevent this is due to come into effect in 2013, but this could now be delayed by up to ten years. If that happens, tens of thousands of animals will continue to die in cruel cosmetics tests for beauty products sold in the EU.
The ECEAE has launched the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign to uphold the cosmetics sales ban and is preparing for a decision by the European Commission on whether to propose any change to the planned 2013 deadline.
The use of animals to test cosmetics is an issue of strong public interest across the EU and we are delighted to date to have the support for the 2013 ban from the Belgium, Sweden and Austrian governments. However, we and our UK member BUAV are extremely disappointed that the UK government has not responded in a similar way.
We ask all UK residents to write polite emails to Ed Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as your own MP urging the government to support the 2013 marketing ban.
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I am very concerned that the European Commission may weaken its commitment to ban the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals from 2013. I see that Austria, Belgium and Sweden have all urged the Commission to stand firm, and I am dismayed that the UK has not responded at all to the Commission's consultation. Please urge Commissioner Dalli to maintain the ban without delay or exceptions.