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Landmark cosmetics animal testing case referred to European Union Court of Justice

Mr Justice Lewis has today given judgment in the High Court in London on the judicial review brought by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients Manufacturers (EFfCI), which represents 90% of the EU cosmetics ingredients industry.

Yet again, some parts of the animal-testing cosmetics industry are trying to severely weaken the EU animal cosmetics bans, which would allow thousands of animals once more to suffer in cruel cosmetics tests.

Ten years ago, both EFfCI and the French Government 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. It 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. Such a move would severely undermine one of the bans and herald a return to the dark days of animals suffering simply to produce a new hairspray or deodorant.

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) and the BUAV (UK member organisation and Secretariat to the ECEAE) have been allowed to intervene in this landmark European case about cosmetics testing on animals. Both organisations have strongly opposed EFfCI’s legal arguments. Mr Justice Lewis has now asked for advice about the issues from the Court of Justice of the European Union. He accepted that the BUAV and the ECEAE 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 achieving an end to animal suffering in the name of beauty, and the sale of new cosmetics products or ingredients tested on animals.   

“I ABHOR VIVISECTION WITH MY WHOLE SOUL. ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES STAINED WITH INNOCENT BLOOD I COUNT AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.”  MOHANDAS (MAHATMA) GANDHI

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