Europeans Lead The Way To Ban Animal Testing

by | May 7, 2018

Ban Animal Testing

A petition started by The Body Shop and Cruelty-Free International, urging the European Union to be the pioneers in a more compassionate world, and ban animal testing, has been given a major boost, as 620 of the MEP’s have voted with their support.

The petition, who gained traction, as leading animal activists, such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Ricky Gervais showed their unwavering support. And follows on the heels of a similar ban within the European Union, that bans sales of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

Similar actions have been taken by other countries, including South Korea and New Zealand.

 

“The EU ban has demonstrated that it is possible to have a healthy, thriving cosmetics market without the need for animal testing and today’s positive vote will take us a big step closer to an international agreement,” stated The Body Shop’s Head of Global Campaigns, Jessie Macneil-Brown.


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ban animal testing“Tragically, despite the availability of approved non-animal tests and existing ingredients safe for human use, there are still no laws banning animal tests for cosmetics products and ingredients in 80% of the world. We estimate that over half a million animals – from rabbits to mice, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters – are still used annually in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics testing worldwide,” noted Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty-Free International.

In 2017 Cruelty-Free International and The Body Shop launched a joint campaign to lead the call for an international ban on animal testing in cosmetic products and ingredients, everywhere and forever. With 5.7 million signatures already achieved in ten months – making it the biggest petition ever against animal testing – the campaign has passed the halfway mark towards its target of eight million signatures when The Body Shop and Cruelty-Free International will take it to the UN to call for an international convention to end the practice.


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