MEPs call for worldwide ban of animal testing for cosmetics

On 23/02/2018, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On February 20, the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) unanimously voted for a resolution on a global end to animal testing for cosmetics.

The resolution calls on the Presidents of the EU institutions, the Commission, the Council, and the Member States to advocate for a worldwide ban on the animal testing of cosmetics before 2023. They are asked to raise the issue in meetings with other institutions, countries and regions, to use their diplomatic networks for building an international coalition and to draft a convention against the testing of animals for cosmetics within the UN framework. The resolution stresses the need to call for the inclusion of this item on the agenda of the next meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Within the EU itself, such a ban already exists. Animal testing for finished cosmetic products has been prohibited in the EU since 2004 and for cosmetic ingredients since 2009. The sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned since 2013. However, 80% of countries around the world continue allowing animal tests of cosmetic products and substances, and the marketing of these products.

Europeans are very sensitive to animal welfare. According to a 2016 Eurobarometer survey, 90% of them agree that it is important to establish high animal welfare standards that are recognised worldwide, while 89% consider that the EU should do more to promote greater awareness of the importance of animal welfare at the international level.

The EU ban proved that a similar legislation could work globally. In the EU, it has not jeopardised the development of a thriving and innovative cosmetics sector, as Europe still is the largest market for cosmetic products in the world. Moreover, the ban has been stimulating the development of non-animal testing methods.

The resolution will be put to a vote at the European Parliament’s plenary session in March.


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