We could not be more disappointed that the UK could be looking to follow the EU decision to ALLOW animal testing for ingredients that are to be solely used in cosmetics and beauty products.
Last year the appeals board of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) decided that some ingredients that are only used in cosmetic products, needed to be tested on animals to ensure that they are safe for human use. The UK was ahead of its time when it took the decision to ban the testing on animals for cosmetics in 1998 with a similar ban only coming into force across Europe in 2009. Although, beauty products produced and sold throughout the UK and Europe will still have been required to be tested on animals if sold to the Chinese market adding to the confusion to product or brands true animal testing status.
To now hear countries are now backtracking or potentially backtracking on the ban is very upsetting and we must do what we can to encourage our governments to prevent further animal testing. Currently, there are still nearly 3 million animals used in animal testing within the UK each year as under UK regulations to protect the environment and the safety of workers, animal testing can be permitted, where required by UK regulators, on single or multiuse ingredients. However, such testing can only be conducted where there are no non-animal alternatives.
Cruelty Free International has started a petition to encourage the UK government to really consider its stance on animal testing and to recognise the urgent need to look for alternatives. The good news is that at this point in time the legislation preventing animal testing in the cosmetic industry still stands in the UK. By signing the petition below you can help make sure it stays that way and also potentially encourage the government to make even further strides in animal protection.