Animal testing of cosmetics is an ugly business, especially when animals -- like rabbits, mice and guinea pigs -- are blinded and poisoned just to test a new lipstick or shampoo.
The European Union (EU) promised that from 2013, the sale of animal-tested cosmetics would be banned, meaning the EU would become the world's first cruelty-free zone. An EU sales ban would also force companies around the world to stop cosmetics animal testing or have their products removed from EU shop shelves. But now EU decision-makers are looking to delay the ban by up to 10 years, meaning more unnecessary animal testing.
Make sure the EU knows how the world feels about animal-tested cosmetics: Sign the petition demanding a Cruelty-Free EU in 2013.
We urge you to enforce the Cosmetics Directive's 2013 ban on the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union, and to reject any proposal to delay. Causing animals pain and suffering to produce beauty products is morally unjustifiable. The EU has already banned such testing in its own labs, but it continues elsewhere around the world because companies know they can still sell their products in the EU. We want the suffering to end. We want the EU to be Cruelty-Free in 2013.
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