EU Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Jeopardy--Act Now
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For nearly a decade, the European Union (EU) has been on track to ban
all animal testing of cosmetics. But that ban is now in jeopardy!
2003, in a major victory for animals, it became illegal to conduct
tests on animals for cosmetics in Europe. In 2009, a ban on the sale of
many animal-tested cosmetics went into effect. The final deadline to ban
the marketing of all cosmetics tested on animals is March 2013, after
which the shelves of every shop and Internet supplier in Europe will be
free of animal-tested cosmetics.
The sales ban also means that
non-EU companies wishing to export their products have to change their
animal-testing ways as well. This commercial pressure has driven the
development of effective and humane non-animal test methods, which can
also be used for some drugs and other chemicals, preventing even more
animal suffering. Most importantly, the ban puts animals' lives and
well-being before vanity.
But now the EU is considering delaying
the 2013 deadline for years, perhaps indefinitely, thus wiping out the
motivation for cosmetics companies to develop alternatives and
condemning tens of thousands of guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice to
suffering and death. There is no good reason for this delay.
let the European Commission know that you stand with the majority of
Europeans who want no delay, no compromise, and no cosmetics tests on
We will gather your messages and present them in person.