From PETA. Posted By Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my lifeFor nearly a decade, the European Union (EU) has been on track to ban all animal testing of cosmetics. But that ban is now in jeopardy!
In 2003, in a major victory for animals, it became illegal to conduct tests on animals for cosmetics in Europe. In 2009, a ban on the sale of many animal-tested cosmetics went into effect. The final deadline to ban the marketing of all cosmetics tested on animals is March 2013, after which the shelves of every shop and Internet supplier in Europe will be free of animal-tested cosmetics.
The sales ban also means that non-EU companies wishing to export their products have to change their animal-testing ways as well. This commercial pressure has driven the development of effective and humane non-animal test methods, which can also be used for some drugs and other chemicals, preventing even more animal suffering. Most importantly, the ban puts animals' lives and well-being before vanity.
But now the EU is considering delaying the 2013 deadline for years, perhaps indefinitely, thus wiping out the motivation for cosmetics companies to develop alternatives and condemning tens of thousands of guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice to suffering and death. There is no good reason for this delay.
Please let the European Commission know that you stand with the majority of Europeans who want no delay, no compromise, and no cosmetics tests on animals.
EU Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Jeopardy--Act Now