There was a momentous victory for animals and animal advocates in the European Union earlier this week as lawmakers banned the marketing, importing, and selling of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. This follows a similar ban enacted in Israel in January that no longer allows for the importing or marketing of cosmetics, household cleaners, or toiletries that have been tested on animals. India is said to be following suit soon.
Here’s what the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group who spent years rallying the European Council in order to make this ban happen, had to say:
Two years ago, the Physicians Committee delivered nearly 25,000 letters from EU residents and people around the world to the European Commission (EC). The letters called on the EC to maintain its 2013 deadline for a ban on the marketing of cosmetic products tested on animals. Physicians Committee supporters Alicia Silverstone and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer also wrote letters calling for the ban.
As far as plans for bringing a similar victory stateside:
[W]e’re not resting until the United States joins the EU and Israel. We’re talking with U.S. lawmakers, cosmetics manufacturers, and ingredient suppliers. Our new Come Clean campaign is working to end excruciating skin irritation and corrosion tests on animals. Come Clean asks cosmetics companies to reveal whether they perform these tests, so Physicians Committee scientists can help them transition to superior, cruelty-free test methods.
What can you do?
Help support the move to a cruelty-free nation by refusing to purchase or support products that have been tested on animals. Click here for The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ guide to cruelty-free products.