In a move that should have happened long ago in the United States and across the globe, the European Union has banned the testing of cosmetic products on animals – effective March 11.
Why the United States has not taken this step is beyond reason. These companies no longer need to torture animals. As the Mother Nature Network reports, the industry will now use “agreed-upon methods of non-animal testing.”
It is 2013. The science is on the record and has been for some time on these products and where it necessary to extend the testing, non-animal means can be used. Cosmetic testing on animals is an industry we need to sweep into the dustbin of history.
So on this news anyway, the European Union gets a Pack of Compassion Award.
Israel gets a special Pack of Compassion Award, as the New Year brings a new ban in the country on the import, marketing and sale of any toiletries, cosmetics and detergents that were tested on animals.
Bernama.com reports the ban was voted on in 2010 and is now the law of the land.
The article quotes Labour Party member Eitan Cabel as saying, “” the new guidelines are “a true revolution in animal welfare in Israel,” Cabel said. “We’ve come a long way in the last Knesset (parliament) term and this law in the pinnacle of our efforts.” “”
The science is in on these products, in terms of skin or eye irritations, etc. The continued testing and the suffering inflicted on animals is not necessary.
A press conference has been scheduled for Monday (March 12) in San Francisco to announce a research collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and cosmetic giant L’Oreal to develop alternatives to traditional animal-based toxicity tests.
The event is part of the annual Society of Toxicology meeting.
The first animal-welfare organization I officially joined up with was the North Carolina Network for Animals, around 1980, when I was a college student. One of the main topics of discussion at our regular meetings was the horrible produce testing that goes on in the cosmetic industry and other industries.
The testing is horrible, such as toxic chemicals being poured into the eyes of rabbits. There comes a time when the results are known, but the testing continues. It’s sick stuff.
Hopefully, this collaboration is a step in the right direction to end this practice.
Sea Shepherd ship damaged by wave: The Sea Shepherd scout vessel Brigitte Bardot was struck by what was described as a “rogue wave” Wednesday. The blow cracked the ship’s hull and severely damaged one of its pontoons.
At last report, the flagship Steve Irwin was en route to the Brigitte Bardot‘s location.
From the press release –