Animal testing of cosmetics is already banned in the EU and now MEPs want the ban extended to the rest of the world.
The EU’s ban on animal testing for cosmetics
Animal testing for finished cosmetic products has been prohibited in the EU since 2004 and for cosmetic ingredients since 2009 as well. Since 2009 it has also been illegal to market any cosmetic products in the EU that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals.
These bans have done much to boost animal welfare thanks to the EU’s economic clout. Europe is the world’s largest market for cosmetic products in the world and the European cosmetic sector provides about two million jobs. From soap and shampoo to make-up and perfumes, consumers use at least seven different cosmetic products every day. EU rules ensure that these products that come into contact with our body are safe for our health, but not at the expense of animals’ welfare.