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Boylan supports global ban to end animal testing for cosmetics

2 May, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has today welcomed a motion in the European Parliament for a global ban to end animal testing for cosmetics

Speaking from Brussels, Ms. Boylan said:

“The sale of all animal testing products has been banned in the EU since 2013 as part of the EU Cosmetics Regulation. This ‘landmark ban’ showed how the phasing-out of animal testing for cosmetics was possible. Based on this model, it is now proposed to introduce an international ban to come into effect by 2023, on animal testing for cosmetics. This includes a ban on trade in cosmetic ingredients and products tested on animals.

“The ban will mean no animal needs to die or suffer for the sake of shampoo or lipstick again. From our experience in the EU, we know the development of the cosmetics sector was not affected and the ban led to increased research efforts to develop alternative testing methods.

“While most major beauty markets are already working to bring their legislation in line with Europe, more than 500,000 animals worldwide are currently used in cruel cosmetic testing. Moreover, 80% of countries globally would still allow animals to be tested in the absence of a ban.

“There are still many loopholes in the EU. We need to address the issue of companies who are testing their products on animals in China and then marketing these same products in Europe. No animal needs to suffer when alternatives are available. We now have the opportunity to show real global leadership on this issue by supporting this worldwide ban.”

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