Cruelty Free International slams European Chemicals Agency for endangering the future of cruelty free cosmetics in Europe
Across Europe the use of animals to test cosmetics is banned. But thousands of animals are once again at risk of suffering for cosmetics. Information we have uncovered shows that EU chemicals testing is taking place on substances used in cosmetics. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is arguing that it can request animal tests for ingredients that are used only or mainly in cosmetics. We disagree. The agency also claims that if animal tests are for worker rather than consumer safety then this sidesteps the EU bans, even if the tests are the same. We think this is wrong.
Meanwhile the Leaping Bunny remains stronger than any testing bans anywhere in the world. It is the best assurance that a company is doing all it can to ensure its products and ingredients are cruelty free.
The EU animal cosmetics testing bans are ground-breaking and a beacon to the world. We are very angry and disappointed that chemicals testing is ignoring them. But you can rest assured we will do everything we can to stop these tests. We’re sure you feel the same way and will join us in fighting to protect the EU bans. We are urgently calling on cosmetics companies, decision-makers and supporters across Europe to join together in a campaign to fight the unlawful undermining of the bans.