Despite UK and EU bans on animal testing for cosmetics, products can still be tested on animals in other parts of the world and then imported and sold in the EU. A marketing ban which would end this cruelty is due to come into effect in 2013. However, it is now in danger of being delayed, thereby putting thousands more animals at risk. These animals will continue to suffer and die needlessly in cruel tests for new beauty products sold in the EU.
The coming weeks will be critical, as an announcement is expected shortly from the European Commission regarding its proposals for the 2013 ban. The BUAV believes, however, that the Commission plans to respond to our pressure by keeping the 2013 deadline, but it may seek to introduce exemptions.
Over one hundred and fifty thousand people across the UK and EU,have already signed the No Cruel Cosmetics petition which is being sent to the European Parliament.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of BUAV, said:
“We are delighted to have support from Joan Ruddock MP for our campaign to end cruel tests on animals for beauty products sold in the EU. Testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary. Please sign our petition to the European Parliament at www.nocruelcosmetics.org.”