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Could There Be a Worldwide Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics?

The European Parliament is asking for a worldwide ban on the use of animals in cosmetics testing.

Great news for animal rights in the cosmetics industry. The European Parliament is asking the European Union (EU) to introduce a worldwide ban on the use of animals for cosmetic testing. This ban would go into effect by 2023.

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Furthermore, they are hoping that other countries around the world also comply with banning cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Many don’t know that 80% of the countries worldwide still use animal testing when it comes to the beauty industry. Some may worry that banning cosmetics tested on animals might affect the economy, but banning these types of cosmetics would have no negative impact on the European cosmetics industry regarding potential loss of jobs. In addition, this effort to stop animal testing has been positively received with the European Parliament voting 620 to 14 in favor of curbing animal testing with the eventual goal of completely banning cosmetic testing on animals by the year 2023.

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This is great news as animal testing for cosmetics is cruel and unnecessary. In fact, there are dozens of other ways to test cosmetics that are more effective, faster, and even more accurate than testing on animals. State-of-the-art testing for the cosmetics industry includes growing human skin cultures in labs, advanced modeling computer techniques, and conducting studies with human volunteers. So, there is really no need to test on animals anymore!

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Each year, even in the United States, millions of animals are poisoned, tortured, and eventually die in testing for the cosmetic industry. These animals can include rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other breeds that are kept for the sole purpose of cosmetic testing. Until animal testing for cosmetics is completely banned worldwide, it is best to purchase only 100% cruelty free cosmetics and beauty products. By choosing wisely where you spend your money, you will help to dictate which products will continue to thrive and which ones will not. Support only 100% cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics and beauty brands and you will feel good knowing your purchase was a conscious one.

 

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