Celebrities Urge EU to Keep Animal-Tested Cosmetics Ban
Actresses Alicia Silverstone and Kristin Bauer are urging the European Union to stay on the path to cruelty-free cosmetics products. The EU passed a complete ban on animal-tested cosmetics, but now the ban is in jeopardy.
Silverstone and Bauer both wrote letters to the EU’s Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli asking him to uphold the scheduled 2013 ban on marketing cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
“I’m a new mother, so I’m concerned about the safety of the personal care products that I use for both myself and my child,” Silverstone wrote. “Cosmetics products like baby shampoo must be safe and free of toxic chemicals—but postponing this deadline will not help accomplish that goal.”
In 2003, the EU agreed to phase out animal testing of cosmetics. As of March 11, 2009, companies could no longer use animals to test cosmetics ingredients within the EU. Companies were also prohibited from marketing products that had been tested on animals elsewhere, for most types of toxicity testing.
The remaining tests are to be banned in March 2013, providing additional time to develop nonanimal methods. If the ban is delayed, cosmetics companies will be less motivated to develop new innovative nonanimal test methods.
“I join the many EU citizens and others worldwide who are concerned that delaying this ban will cause many thousands of animals to suffer and die to test blush and body lotion,” Bauer wrote in her letter to Dalli.
ONLINE> Join Alicia Silverstone and Kristin Bauer in taking action! Go to PCRM.org/Cosmetics.