According to BBC News, a ban on animal testing in cosmetics enacted in 2009 has finally taken effect in the European Union.
The anti-vivisection group BUAV and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) said they had spent more than 20 years campaigning on the issue and had enlisted celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney and Morrissey to help their cause.
While they congratulated the EU to putting the ban to effect, BUAV says many countries in the world still test on animals for cosmetics and the group is now pressing for a global ban. Despite the EU’s 2009 ban, cosmetics firms were allowed to continue testing on animals for the most complex human health effects, such as toxicity which might lead to cancer. However, those tests now come under the ban too.
The EU Commission says it is working with industry to develop more alternatives to animal testing, and that it allocated $310,000,000 in 2007-2011 for such research. However, cosmetics firms are concerned that the ban could put Europe at a competitive disadvantage in a global market. In a quote to the AP, Cosmetics Europe chief Bertil Heerink, said that “by implementing the ban at this time, the European Union is jeopardising the industry’s ability to innovate.”
The news story has sparked some debate–“well, if we can’t use animal testing, how will we know that the cosmetics are safe for humans? Lab mice are bred for the purpose of experimentation.” Our reaction is to say “well, why not eliminate unnecessary chemicals in the first place, make all cosmetics organic and natural, and therefore safe for everyone and not be tested on animals.” However, there’s still a need to test as people can be allergic to organic and natural ingredients. That’s where volunteers step in- there are plenty of people who would be happy to test cosmetic products, especially if they knew it saved the life of an animal.
Isn’t this exciting news LivLunatics? How likely do you think we will have such a ban here in the USA, and when?