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Animal Tested Cosmetics Ban Will Go Ahead

You may remember a while ago, I published a press release for PETA documenting their fight against animal testing, well this morning I received another release that I had to share with you as I’m so excited.

London – Following vigorous campaigns by PETA and its international affiliates that included public protests, phone calls and more than 20,000 e-mails to the European Commission, officials have confirmed today that a full ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics will take effect in the EU in March 2013. In a meeting with the animal rights organisation in Brussels, the new commissioner, Tonio Borg, confirmed to PETA that the Commission is not planning to propose a postponement or a derogation to the ban, which is scheduled to take effect in little more than a month. PETA has responded by sending a huge bouquet of flowers in thanks and is encouraging supporters to do the same.

“This is a great day for animals, consumers and science”, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “The 2013 ban reflects the public’s conviction that cosmetics cannot come before animals’ lives, and PETA is pleased that the Commission has responded to the campaigns to defend the ban and recognised the huge support that the ban has across Europe”.

In 2003, the European Parliament voted to end the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals by 2013. Although the testing of cosmetics on animals is already banned in the EU, companies that test elsewhere can still sell their products in the EU until the total ban comes into effect. The cosmetics-testing ban has driven the development of non-animal testing methods, which can replace the use of animals in cosmetics testing and other forms of product-safety testing. The replacement of existing animal tests has already saved hundreds of thousands of animals, and many more can be saved as new techniques are developed and validated.

In China, officials are in the final stages of approving the use of the country’s very first non-animal testing methods for cosmetics ingredients, thanks to guidance from scientists funded by PETA US.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 23:26 January 31, 2013
Michael
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This is great, but let’s not forget that PETA kills the vast majority of animals it “rescues” and that they often encourage the use of violence against humans as a means to their ends.
As a group, PETA is not a cause I can support, no matter how much I agree with their basic ideology.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:27 January 31, 2013
Jet
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I read about this the other day. It’s such good news. If only other countries would jump on the bandwagon.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:34 January 31, 2013
Annabel
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This is SO amazing, I am so excited right now!
What does this mean from brands that do currently test and sell their products in the UK/EU? will their products be pulled from shops until they stop? What will this mean for the leaping bunny logo on products? & the companies that sell in china, I guess I am still to avoid those for A LONG time! So many questions but hoooray!!!!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:39 January 31, 2013
    Thom Watson
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    I’m not sure, I’m sure there will be a grace period of some such, but how they implement it will be interesting.

    As far as BUAV, I don’t know if the EU law will be just on products that have been tested on animals or if it will go as far as products that contain animal tested ingredients. If it’s only the products, then BUAV will still stand as an authority as I believe they support only brands and products that don’t use animal tested ingredients that have been tested within the last 5 years (I could be wrong on that).

    Well China are getting there by the looks of things, and at least if they’re preparing to not test products on animals through the help of PETA, it’s a step in the right direction.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:05 January 31, 2013
sugarpuffish
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I saw this announcement and I’m over the moon. I’m old enough to have been influenced by Anita Roddick, the Body Shop had a huge influence on me as a teenage. I have always been against animal testing. Now we need to sort out China, there are a number of brands I have stopped using because of their move to sell in China

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:15 January 31, 2013
    Thom Watson
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    When I was 16, I started working for The Body Shop because of my passion for animal and environmental welfare and 3 days before I was due to start my first shift, she passed away. Hopefully somehow she can see this and is absolutely jumping for joy, because without her and the amazing people at PETA, we’d have never got this far.

    The methods in China are intolerable, but as “officials are in the final stages of approving the use of the country’s very first non-animal testing methods for cosmetics ingredients”, it’s definitely a huge step in the right direction for them!

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