FRAME is backing the European Parliament’s call for a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.
British MEPs backed a vote, on May 3, for the EU’s member states to collaborate to secure a UN convention against the use of animals in cosmetics testing.
Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Animal Welfare Intergroup, Jacqueline Foster MEP, said: “It is unacceptable that 80 per cent of the world still allows cosmetic products to be tested on animals. This out-of-date testing is unjustifiable and barbaric.
“That’s why MEPs have called on the UK and the EU to spearhead efforts to secure an international convention that brings this cruel practice to an end.
“I am very proud that the UK is playing a leading role globally to end cosmetic testing on animals.
“We were the first country to ban the practice 20 years ago, instrumental in securing an EU-wide ban and we are supporting other countries such as China to end unnecessary animal testing.
“We must continue to share our experience and lead by example, but we must also use our diplomatic muscle in the UN to secure a world-wide ban.”
FRAME’s Scientific Liaison Officer Amy Beale said: “This push for a global ban by MEP’s is a positive move that has been a long time coming. This year is the fifth anniversary of the successful EU ban on the testing and sales of cosmetics tested on animals. The use of animals in cosmetic testing anywhere in the world is unnecessary and unjustified as there are alternative, non-animal techniques available which allow cosmetic products and ingredients to be safely tested.
“FRAME hopes that, as part of this move the EU Commission will allocate more resources and funding to the development, sharing and validation of alternative methods. This is key to moving towards a world where animals are no longer used in not just cosmetic, but also chemical safety, medical and scientific testing and research.”
Mrs Foster, who is also Conservative MEPs’ Deputy Leader, added: “The United Nations has similar conventions already, such as CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), that co-ordinate international efforts to protect endangered species for example.
“Now is the time to push for a global ban at the UN and finally bring the cosmetic industry’s testing processes into the 21stcentury.”