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|Originally Posted: 1 Feb 2011|
Defend the European Union's Cosmetics Ban Deadline
Defend the European Union's cosmetics ban by writing to the European Commission and ask them KEEP 2013 deadline and to end the use of animal brutality to "test" cosmetics.
[Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. Alternative testing methods are widely available and lead to more reliable results. ]
Although the European Commission has recently stated in official communications that the deadline remains 2013, there is speculation that it could propose to postpone the ban by at least five years.
Mr. John Dalli
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
In 2003 the EU introduced a phase-out of cosmetics testing on animals and a complete ban on the sale of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals anywhere in the world - a great victory.
Although the ban on cosmetic ingredients tested on animals has been in place since March 2009, the deadline for replacement of certain animal tests under the marketing ban was extended to March 2013 in order to allow alternatives to be developed and approved.
However, some cosmetic companies still using animals for testing their products have been dragging their feet instead of investing in alternatives, and are lobbying in Brussels to be allowed to continue their horrific tests.
Although the European Commission has recently stated in official communications that the deadline remains 2013, there is speculation that it could propose to postpone the ban by at least 5 years.
In your letter, let Commissioner John Dalli know that:
Thank you for everything you do for animals!