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Campaigners celebrate the coming into force of the European Union ban on cosmetic testing on animals

BUAV Press Release:

10th March 2009

Wednesday 11th March marks the banning of cosmetics testing on animals within the European Union, potentially saving thousands of animals from appalling suffering every year. For nearly two decades, the BUAV, leading sister organisations in the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), has spearheaded the campaign across Europe to achieve this important ban. The 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive means that from 11 March 2009 it becomes illegal to:

-- test cosmetic ingredients on animals anywhere in the EU, irrespective of whether there is a non-animal alternative method available (testing on the products themselves is already banned)
-- sell or import into the EU cosmetics ingredients or products where they have been animal-tested after 11 March 2009, with the exception of certain types of test which have an extended deadline until 11 March 2013

The BUAV will be joined outside Parliament by a cross party group of MPs and representatives of BUAV approved companies such as Marks and Spencer, The Co-operative, Body Shop, Neal’s Yard, Essentially Yours, Herbal Secrets and Wuchi by Maks to mark the climax of many years of intensive campaigning by the organisation.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV said “This is an historic occasion and a significant step forward for animals in laboratories. The BUAV has campaigned for nearly two decades to achieve this important ban across the European Union. We are delighted that it has finally come into force. We will now continue our global campaign to seek an end to the appalling suffering inflicted on animals in the name of beauty worldwide.”

Despite the ban, large numbers of cosmetic products available in high street stores will still contain ingredients that have previously been tested on animals. The BUAV’s Humane Cosmetics Standard, symbolized by the leaping bunny logo, remains the only way for consumers to know that their products are cruelty free. The BUAV also continues to work internationally on this campaign with colleagues in the US Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, to ensure that the Leaping Bunny remains the global standard for cruelty-free cosmetics across Europe, the US and Canada.

Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Marks and Spencer said “We are delighted to be able to mark this occasion with the BUAV. As a member of both the BUAV’s Humane Cosmetics and Humane Household Products Standards , consumers can be reassured that none of the ingredients in our cosmetics or household products have been tested on animals.”

Although animal testing for cosmetics has effectively been banned in the UK for some years, it still remains perfectly legal to test household products and their ingredients on animals. Following the cross party support of 219 MPs, the BUAV is currently campaigning for an end to this cruel and unnecessary practice too.


For further information, please contact
Carla Owen on +44 (0)207 619 6965 or Carla.owen@buav.org
or BUAV (out of hours) +44 (0)7850 510 955

Source: BUAV
Author: BUAV

Link: EU citizens, take action now to help the 12 million animals used in laboratories across Europe every year
Link: Europe Leaps Ahead with Cosmetic Testing Deadline
Link: The ban ... covers 11 of the 14 tests currently used. The remaining three procedures, which test for toxicity. will be allowed to continue until at least 2013...

Date: 2009-03-11

Other EVANA-articles about this topic:
EU: MEP exposes industry threat to lab animal welfare reform (en)

EU animal testing review gets under way - but how tough will the new rules be? (en)


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