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The Humane Society and Lush Cosmetics are campaigning to enforce a ban on cosmetics tested on animals from entering the UK
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TAKE ACTION to end cosmetic testing on animals

Mark Briggs

24th April, 2012

Lush Cosmetics have teamed up with the Humane Society International to launch a campaign to ensure long-awaited proposals banning products tested on animals outside the EU are fully enforced

The ban on animal testing for cosmetics within the European Union came into force in 1998, but products can still be sold if they have been tested on animals outside the EU, in countries such as China and Japan where animal testing remains a legal requirement.

New legislation will enforce a sales ban on products from outside the EU tested on animals from March 2013, but there are moves to delay or water down the regulations, say campaigners, slowing momentum towards a global ban on animal testing.

Troy Siedle is Humane Society International's director of research and toxicology: ‘Animal testing is the ugly secret of the beauty industry, and it's time for it to stop. Thousands of animals such as rabbits and mice continue to endure chemical poisoning tests just to produce new lipsticks and shampoos, and that's simply unacceptable in a modern society. So we are thrilled to be joining forces with Lush to campaign for an end to the suffering.'

Lush and Humane Society International say cosmetics can be easily made without animal testing using ingredients for which we already have safety data or by using advanced testing procedures such as 3D human skin models and computer modelling. They argue animals are subjected to considerable pain and distress during toxicity testing with the final results scientifically unreliable because humans and animals can experience differing reactions to the same chemicals.

‘The animals have waited over 20 years for this legislation to be fully enacted,' said Hilary Jones, Lush's Ethics Director, ‘Whilst the laws were not strong enough, companies like Lush have adopted voluntary codes of practice to cut animal testing from their business. But animals should not have to rely on voluntary codes of conduct, they should be protected by robust laws which force ALL companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market.'

TAKE ACTION: you can sign the Fighting Animal Testing petition or visit the Humane Society's website to find out more.

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