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EU wide ban on the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals comes into force

March 11, 2013 3:42 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Bill Newton DunnMonday 11th March sees the introduction of the historic EU-wide ban on the sale of cosmetic products which have been tested on animals. Using animals to test cosmetics products or their ingredients has been banned in the UK since 1997 and across the EU since 2004. However, these rules still allowed the import and sale of cosmetic products whose ingredients had been tested on animals elsewhere in the world. The new EU ban addresses this loophole, ensuring that our shop shelves are not filled with products, like makeup and skin cream, which have been tested on animals in other countries and then imported into Europe.

Lib Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn who helped to negotiate the new law over a decade ago comments:

"This has been a long time coming. There is no excuse in the 21st century for testing products meant for cosmetics rather than medical use on animals. Thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients are already out there and are officially recognised as safe, so it is unacceptable to make animals suffer in order to develop new cosmetics."

"There are plenty of other ways to test the safety of cosmetic products without using animals. Hopefully, the EU ban will now lead to wider global efforts to stop this cruel and indefensible practice."