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For the second time, some elements of the cosmetics industry want to strike down the EU animal cosmetics bans – and if they can’t strike them down, to interpret them in such a narrow manner that they would be severely weakened and allow thousands of animals to once more suffer in cruel cosmetics tests.
The European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients Manufacturers (EFfCI), which represents 90% of the EU cosmetics ingredients industry, brought a judicial review in the High Court in London on Monday 24th November.
Ten years ago, both EFfCI and France (home to many of the major animal-testing cosmetics companies) tried to have the bans declared unlawful by the European Courts, but failed. Now that the bans are fully in force, EFfCI wants to return to the archaic days of painful, invasive testing on animals, such as hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs.
If it can’t get the bans declared unlawful, EFfCI is trying to persuade the courts that companies should be allowed to sell in the EU cosmetics tested on animals under the laws of other countries.
This would undermine the ban and return to the dark days of animals being brutally treated only to produce a new hairspray or deodorant.
The BUAV and ECEAE have strongly opposed EFfCI’s arguments and are now waiting to hear whether the case will be dismissed or referred to the European Court in the next few weeks. Mr Justice Lewis accepted that the organisations should be allowed to bring their special expertise to the case – EFfCI had strongly opposed their intervention.
The BUAV and ECEAE were instrumental in achieving the EU ban on cosmetics testing on animals, after the BUAV launched their initial campaign and dedicated over 20 years to finally celebrating a day when EU laboratories would be free from suffering in the name of beauty and no products or ingredients which have been tested on animals would be allowed to be imported.