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S&Ds promote a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics.


Health & Consumers
The European Parliament’s committee on health and environment today voted in favour of a resolution promoting a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics.
The European Union stopped the testing of finished cosmetic products on animals in 2004, and ingredients in 2009. This was followed up with a ban on the importation and sale of any new cosmetics tested elsewhere on animals in 2013.  
Despite scientific and technological advancements, some 80% of the United Nations countries still allow the testing of cosmetics and toiletries on animals. That is why the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are calling for a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics.
S&D MEP Miriam Dalli, who is the author of a resolution voted on today by the parliamentary committee on health and environment , said: 
“The European Union has proved to the world that the phasing out of animal testing is possible, so we are now asking the Commission and the Council to promote an international ban based on the EUʾs Cosmetics Regulation. 
“Much progress has been made in alternative testing methods, to the extent that non-animal methods are more accurate. Humane alternatives to animal tests can include simple organisms like bacteria or human tissues and cells, as well as sophisticated computer models. It simply makes no sense to continue causing unjustified pain to animals. 
“Scientific reports estimate that the number of animals used annually in worldwide cosmetics testing could be in excess of half a million. The EU ban responded primarily to citizens’ ethical concerns.
 “Europe has a thriving and innovative cosmetics sector and the ban has been positive for the industry as well. It boosted research efforts on alternative processes and improved the quality of cosmetics.
 “We know that it won’t be easy to change international rules and regulations. Some influential states and regions, including some members of the International Committee of Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) do not yet have bans in place. It also takes time – when a resolution reaches the UN General Assembly and gains majority support, it still has to be opened for signature and ratified into domestic law, but the time to act is now." 
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