A historical success for animal rights - the ban on the sale of any cosmetics or cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals in the EU - is under attack.
It was supposed to be a big step forward in protecting animals from very cruel practices. In reality, behind the closed doors of laboratories, animals are fed inedible substances, they inhale toxic sprays, and suffer from poisoning. Dogs, rabbits, monkeys and many other animals are restrained while experiencing different forms of torture.
Why? Because European institutions are violating their own rules. The European Chemicals Agency, supported by the Commission, demands new tests on animals for chemicals used as cosmetics ingredients.
Animals are also exposed to toxic chemicals when used for the testing of household cleaning products. These painful experiments result in seizures, internal bleeding, as well as damage to organs. Yet, this has not been prohibited in the EU.
Fortunately, we have developed modern, accurate, cruelty-free methods like human-patient simulators, in vitro technology, human-based micro-dosing and computer modelling. It is high time for the EU to enforce its own ban and conduct its research with cruelty-free methods.
Therefore, we call on the European Commission to: