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PETA rejoices over cosmetic sale ban

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A little perseverance is all it takes, and it has certainly paid off for PETA.

After all their campaigns, public protests, e-petitions and more than 20,000 emails sent to the EU commission, it was announced yesterday that there will be a FULL BAN on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union, taking place as soon as March of this year.

In response, PETA sent the commission thanks in the form of a huge bunch of flowers to the officials, and encourages all of its supporters to do the same.

PETA’s Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi said: “This is a great day for animals, consumers and science.”

What’s even greater news for animals all around is the new commissioner for the Animal Rights Organisation, Tonia Borg, has confirmed in a statement to PETA that there is no planning of postponement or straying away from the ban.

The huge support the ban has had throughout Europe is a show of the public’s great support and conviction that cosmetics are not as important as animals’ lives and welfare. The commission has recognised this unanimous support and granted the ban we have all been waiting for.

This ban comes ten years after the European parliament voted to end the sale of all cosmetics by 2013 that contained ingredients that were tested on animals. Although animal testing for cosmetics was already banned in the EU, the loophole was that companies elsewhere could test on animals but sell their products to the EU. The new ban starting in March will finally put a stop to this. The ban also constitutes for the development of non-animal testing methods, a practice that already has and will continue to save hundreds of thousands of animals. 

In China, officials are in the final stages of approving the use of the country's very first non-animal testing methods for cosmetics ingredients, thanks to guidance from scientists funded by PETA US.

For more information, head to PETA’s website.

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