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Don't Let Cosmetics Tests on Animals Sneak in Through the Back Door

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The use of animals for cosmetics testing is banned across the EU. Yet animals are still being poisoned and killed in tests for cosmetics ingredients.

Back in 2013, people all over Europe celebrated when the ban on animal testing for cosmetics came into full force in the EU. But under the guise of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, authorities are still demanding that cosmetics ingredients be tested on animals under certain circumstances.

This is a blatant violation of both REACH and the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

An EU court ruled that only humane, non-animal methods can be used to satisfy safety-assessment requirements for cosmetics ingredients, reasoning that the purpose of testing is irrelevant in deciding when the ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics ingredients is triggered. Yet animals continue to suffer and die in such tests.

The EU Cosmetics Regulation ban must be upheld – cosmetics ingredients should not be tested on animals under any circumstances.

What You Can Do

Please speak out for animals used in cosmetics testing by sending a message to the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency asking them never to allow cosmetics ingredients to be tested on animals.

You can also search for cruelty-free companies here.

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European Chemicals Agency
European Commission

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