Victory! Commissioner Confirms That EU Cosmetics Testing Ban Will Go Ahead

Posted by on February 1, 2013 | Permalink

We’ve just sent the European Commission a huge bouquet of flowers. Why? Because we’re delighted by the fantastic news that a ban on the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics in the EU will come into effect in March of this year.

The much-needed ban has been in the pipeline for a long time, but there were fears that it might be postponed or weakened. This week, PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi met Commissioner Tonio Borg in person and got his word that it will go ahead, meaning that, starting in March, cosmetics companies that subject animals to horrific tests will not be allowed to sell their products on European shelves.

This landmark success comes after thousands of you joined us and our international affiliates in taking action, with public protests, phone calls and a deluge of e-mails to the Commission. We’d like to say a huge “Thank you!” to all of you who joined this campaign and showed the EU that, across Europe, people are united in the belief that cosmetics cannot come before animals’ lives. The ban will save hundreds of thousands of animals and follows a similar ban implemented by Israel in January.

This is a great day for animals and consumers! Please join us in thanking Commissioner Borg for making the EU a more compassionate place – send him flowers or a card at this address:

Mr. Tonio BORG
Directorate-General Health and Consumer Policy
European Commission
B-1049 Brussels BELGIUM