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November 14, 2012

HSI Praises EU Health Commissioner-Designate’s Comments on Europe’s 2013 Ban on Sales of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Humane Society International/Europe

  • Next year's implementation of a ban on animal-tested cosmetics in the EU will spare countless animals from a life of needless suffering. NIEHS

When members of the European Parliament yesterday asked the European Union Health Commissioner-Designate Tonio Borgif he would support full implementation of the March 2013 ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics, he indicated that he sees full implementation of the ban as desirable, not only to fulfill the commitment made through existing legislation, but also as an incentive for companies to accelerate development of alternative methods. In reaction to Borg’s strong endorsement, Emily McIvor, Humane Society International senior EU policy advisor, issued the following statement:

“The Commissioner Designate’s statement has given us real hope that we are closer than ever before to ridding the EU—and the world—of animal-tested cosmetics. Tonio Borg’s stated aim of overseeing full implementation of the 11 March 2013 ban represents a huge step forward and stands in stark contrast to the previous commissioner’s indecision and equivocation. Humane Society International fully endorses Dr. Borg’s acknowledgement that the EU ban provides an incentive for industry to hasten development of alternative test methods.”

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Campaign background

Humane Society International’s Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign has gathered substantial public, political and celebrity support for an end to the sale of cosmetics cruelty in Europe. In April, to mark World Week for Animals in Laboratories, HSI and cruelty-free cosmetics company LUSH joined forces to hand in more than 350,000 petition signatures to the EU Commission. A host of celebrities including Chrissie Hynde, Dame Judi Dench and Ricky Gervais have also added their support to HSI’s campaign.

Although animal testing of cosmetics was banned across the EU in 2009, it is currently still legal to sell cosmetics that have been animal-tested elsewhere in the world. In countries such as China, Brazil, the United States and India such testing is still commonplace.  A ban on selling these cosmetics is due for implementation in March 2013 but the former EU Health Commissioner John Dalli had indicated exceptions could be made, effectively weakening the ban.

HSI’s campaign in Europe is part of its global Be Cruelty-Free initiative to end cosmetics cruelty worldwide. Launched in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil and beyond, it aims to achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.

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