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Bowles backs ban on animal-tested cosmetics

The European Parliament has championed an historic EU-wide ban on the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

The UK prohibited the testing of cosmetic products on animals back in 1997 but will now, along with the rest of Europe, be adopting the EU ban on the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

The EU ban completes a two stage phase-out of animal-tested cosmetics in Europe, which began with a partial ban on animal testing of cosmetics in 2009 and concluded with a ban on the import and sale of animal-tested products yesterday.

Commenting, Sharon Bowles Member of the European Parliament for the South-East of England said:

“Once again, Europe has led the way in becoming the first market to adopt a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Let us hope this will encourage countries outside the EU to follow suit.

“I am pleased to see so many cosmetics companies co-operating with the ban and taking a more ethical approach towards product testing and research in order to continue trading within the Single Market.

“I believe that all animal research should be based on the ‘3 Rs’ principle: Reduce, Refine, and Replace, and I anticipate the day that all forms of animal testing finally become a thing of the past.”