Cosmetics: Is Change Finally Coming?

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For months, rumours suggesting that the 2013 EU sales ban on animal-tested cosmetics could be weakened or delayed have intensified. The majority of the European population is opposed to animal-tested cosmetics, and caring consumers across Europe have protested vehemently to ensure the deadline is maintained. The ban is enshrined in the current EU directive for good reason: to attempt to assess the safety of cosmetics ingredients using defenseless rabbits and mice is not only cruel but also completely ineffective and puts human safety at risk, as the results cannot accurately predict human reactions.

Despite the fact that animal tests are notoriously unreliable, the cosmetics industry has maintained pressure on the European Commission to delay the sales ban or weaken it by introducing loopholes. We have become increasingly concerned that the European Commission would bow to this pressure. However, there is finally reason to be more optimistic.

Dr Tonio Borg has just been announced as the new Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs. A few days ago when Mr Borg was questioned about the ban, he made it clear that he would work for a full and timely implementation of the ban. If Dr Borg stays true to his word, in just over three months’ time, we’ll be able to celebrate because thousands of animals around the world will have been saved from unnecessary suffering.

However, until a final decision is announced, we must continue to maintain pressure on the Commission in support of maintaining the 2013 deadline.


  • Brien Comerford commented on November 22, 2012 at 1:02 am

    It’s morally, spiritually and pragmatically imperative to end all forms of painful and deadly research on animals. Rats and mice have more earthly and eternal value than cosmetics. Liberate them now !

  • deathcore commented on November 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    nothing changes…so this is the century…i wish all the sleepers one thing – TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION BY CHOOSING ANOTHER WAY TO LIVE – THE CRUELTY-FREE WAY.

    market demand for cruelty free goods will be followed by the cruelty-free supply

    • Patsy commented on November 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      There already are Cruelty free cosmetics and skincare, Neals Yard Organics is one of the Best known. NYR has been around for 31 years and most products certified by the Soil association and is TRULY NOT tested on animals.
      I am vegetarian, also a Holistic therapist and NYR consultant. I use NYR products myself and also on my clients as they are free of chemicals, no parabens etc as well as cruelty free. People need to be educated and made fully aware of what they are putting on themselves every day.

  • deathcore commented on November 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    well yeah, what i’m saying is that this is century and we’re just somewhere at the beginning of the cruelty-free journey. i was vegetarian for about 7 years when “upgraded” to vegan…(it was like about 3 years ago 🙂 coz i know that to change the world i have to start with myself.

    am i naive to dream of cruelty free PLANET? maybe. am i shocked when saleswoman in perfumery intends to help me choose the perfume & when i tell her “this is tested on animals” she answers with really weird expression in the face: What?? no such thing exists!?” :O

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