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The ECEAE has been campaigning hard to maintain the 2013 deadline when the sale of animal tested cosmetics would be banned throughout the European Union. Our No Cruel Cosmetics petition has now reached a staggering 140,000 signatures.
We have just received an update from Brussels in which it appears that the EU Commission will indeed recommend keeping the 2013 deadline. However, disappointingly it may propose an exemption, allowing the sale in Europe of cosmetics containing animal tested ingredients if those cosmetics go through a special approval procedure, showing "....that the ingredient in question would bring considerable technical progress and a significant added value to the health and/or wellbeing of consumers/society or to the environment." This is unacceptable and would still allow cruel animal testing to take place for cosmetics products sold in Europe.
Write to your Parliamentarian asking him/her to lobby the UK Government to support the ban and oppose any loophole being introduced. To date, the British Government has not taken a position on this issue. You can find your MP’s contact details here
Write to your MEP asking him/her to oppose any exemptions proposed to the European Parliament. You can find your MEPs here
The ECEAE Chief Executive, Michelle Thew stated: “It is unacceptable for animals to continue to suffer and die for the sake of vanity. This is an issue of great concern to people across Europe and could potentially mean the deaths of thousands of animals. People are shocked to learn that animal testing outside the EU for cosmetics and toiletries sold in the EU is still perfectly legal and will be outraged to hear that a loophole may be introduced that will continue to allow cosmetics to be cruelly tested on animals.”
“The ECEAE urges everyone to write to their MEP asking them to support the ban and oppose any loophole being introduced. It is time to rid the European Union of animal tested cosmetics once and for all.”