Animal testing of cosmetics: MEPs call for worldwide ban

A diplomatic drive for a worldwide ban of animal testing for cosmetics before 2023 will be put to a Parliament vote in March in Strasburg. The sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2013, however MEPs state that this has not prevented the EU cosmetics industry from thriving due to loopholes in legislation and providing around two million jobs.

Such loopholes within the EU system include as some cosmetics are tested on animals outside the EU before being re-tested in the EU using alternative methods and placed on the EU market and that most cosmetic product ingredients are also used in many other products, such as pharmaceuticals, detergents or foods, and may therefore have been tested on animals under a different legal framework. They call on the EU to support the development of alternative testing methods.

To work towards a global ban on both animal testing for cosmetics and on the trade in cosmetic ingredients tested on animals, MEPs call on EU leaders to use their diplomatic networks to build a coalition and to launch an international convention within the UN framework.

They also want to make sure that the EU ban is not weakened, whether in trade negotiations or by World Trade Organisation rules and ensure that no product placed on its market has been tested on animals in a third country.

Did YOU know around 80% of countries worldwide still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals?

Next steps
The resolution was approved unanimously by 63 votes, with 1 abstention. It will be put to a vote at Parliament’s March plenary session in Strasbourg.

According to the Special Eurobarometer survey No 442 of March 2016, 89% of EU citizens agree that the EU should do more to promote a greater awareness of the importance of animal welfare internationally, and 90% of EU citizens agree that it is important to establish high animal welfare standards that are recognised across the world.

Click here to find out more about how Animal Justice Project are fighting to end animal experimentation.

Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of this cruel, outdated and unnecessary practice.