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In 2013, people all over Europe and the world celebrated when the ban on testing cosmetics on animals came into full force in the European Union.
But now it turns out that animals are still being poisoned and killed in tests for cosmetics ingredients in the EU – despite the fact that there is an abundance of make-up, moisturisers and shampoo and even though the Cosmetics Regulation explicitly states that only non-animal testing methods be used for the toxicity assessment of any new products or ingredients.
International pressure is needed to urge the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency NEVER to allow cosmetics ingredients to be tested on animals.
The EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is the largest animal-testing programme of its kind in the world. It is estimated from the most recent reports that by 2016, approximately 1 million animals had been used in tests to meet its requirements.
PETA and its affiliates are demanding an end to the cruel use of animals in testing. We are determined to make sure that the public’s opposition to cosmetics testing is respected and that innovative, humane testing methods are used in place of cruel tests on animals.