In 2009, the European Union pledged to ban the sale of all new animal-tested cosmetics in the EU by 2013. Three animal tests are still allowed until that deadline, including:
- repeat dose toxicity, in which rabbits or rats eat, inhale, or are rubbed with substances every 28 or 90 days;
- reproductive toxicity, in which pregnant rabbits or rats are force-fed substances;
- toxicokinetics, in which rabbits or rats are forced to eat a substance and then killed so their organs can be examined.
After every one of these tests, the animals are killed.
Under the original plan, these tests would be banned by the 2013 deadline so the sale of ALL new animal-test cosmetics would be prohibited in the EU. But the cosmetic industry officials want this deadline delayed further, possibly for another ten years.
Tell European leaders to keep the 2013 deadline to ban the sale of all new animal-tested cosmetics in the EU.
I do not want new cosmetics that are tested on animals to be available in the EU.
Animal testing of cosmetics is cruel and unnecessary. I urge the European Parliament to adhere to the 2013 marketing ban deadline as set out in the 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive. Public opinion is against animal testing of cosmetics on ethical grounds, and there is no public appetite for new cosmetics that have been animal tested to be available in the EU after 2013. I urge the European Parliament to vote against delaying this ban.
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