Wednesday, January 30, 2013

European Union is set to ban animal testing for cosmetics

Dame Anita Roddick - Vismedia
Cruelty Free International announced today, Jan. 30, that after campaigning against animal testing within the cosmetic industry since 1983, the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients is to be banned in the European Union (EU) beginning on March 11, 2013.

The EU is following Israel’s unprecedented ban on the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products, which went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year. For beauty retailer, The Body Shop, which was not only a driving force behind the EU ban but also an examplatory retailer with their cruelty-free business practices, the ban is an overwhelming win for their cause.

What the ban means for the cosmetics industry is that those wishing to sell new cosmetic products and ingredients within the EU must not practice any type of animal testing anywhere in the world. The ban will also affect cosmetics including toiletries and beauty products from soap to toothpaste. With Israel’s ban currently in affect and the EU ban to be implemented in just 42 days, will the United States follow?

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