On Thursday MEPs adopted, by a very large majority, a resolution demanding an international agreement on the prohibition of animal testing for cosmetic products by 2023. Within the EU, the sale of all cosmetic products tested on animals has been prohibited since 2013.
The measure has not led to the European industry suffering inordinately, since “the European cosmetics sector has remained Number One in the world, with an overall value of more than €77 billion a year, employing two million people.” The statement comes from the Belgium MEP, Frédérique Ries (MR), co-author of the resolution adopted.
Ms Ries states, “Several countries have followed the lead of the EU and have prohibited tests on animals for cosmetics. Examples are Israel, India, New Zealand, and soon Australia and Canada. The European Parliament wishes to go further and requests that the European Commission and member states introduce a United Nations agreement in favour of a global prohibition on these tests.”
Her PS colleague, Marc Tarabella, takes the view that the sector is trying to get around the European ban by conducting animal experiments outside Europe. He thereby provides a further argument in favour of a global prohibition on such experiments taking place on animals.