Complete ban on ‘Animal-tested cosmetics’ : European Union
European Union regulators announced a ban Monday on the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals and to pledge more efforts to push other parts of the world, like China, to accept alternatives.
The ban applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals was carried out. The 27 EU countries have had a ban on such tests in place since 2009. But the EU Commission is now asking the EU’s trading partners to do the same.
Animal rights lobbyists said EU officials had “listened to the people”.
But BUAV says many countries in the world still test on animals for cosmetics and the group is now pressing for a global ban.Mice and rats are used for more than half of all lab animal tests carried out in the EU. NYTimes