EU Cosmetics Testing Ban Starts Today!
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Today’s the Day – Europe’s Cosmetics Testing Ban Starts NOW

No Bunny Should Suffer for BeautyOpen the champagne – it’s official: from today, no more animals will be tormented, maimed and killed for the sake of the cosmetics products on our shelves. Yes, it’s 11 March, the day that the EU Cosmetics Testing Sales Ban finally comes into force, a cause for celebration for animals, consumers and science.

So how did we get here? It’s been an epic campaign, spanning more than 20 years and including hard work by caring people determined to put a stop to the atrocities committed against animals in laboratories. There have been landmarks along the way, such as the ban on testing finished cosmetics products in Britain in 1998 and the 2009 EU ban on cosmetics testing within Europe. But this new ban closes the final loophole, by guaranteeing that neither the products we buy here nor their ingredients will have been tested on animals, inside or outside the EU. Get more details about what the ban means for you and your shopping habits here.

The new law reflects the public’s conviction that cosmetics cannot come before animals’ lives. If you helped us reach this landmark by joining a protest, sending a letter or e-mail to decision-makers, or speaking out against cruel testing in any other way, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. This achievement couldn’t have happened without you!

Of course, we’re not going to stop campaigning against other forms of inhumane animal testing that still go on in this country. But today is a huge boost for everyone who wants to make the world a better place. It shows that, when compassionate people work together, we can make a difference. We can outlaw cruelty. And we can save animals’ lives.

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  1. avatar Rachel says:

    Stop animal testing they have feelings just like humans , there are plenty more ways to test cosmetics !

    • avatar martine van adorp says:

      this is wrong. the final product may not be tested anymore BUT all products that compose the cosmetics will still be tested. so nothing changed. no reason to feel happy, unfortunately. the fight has to go on.

  2. avatar anne watkins says:

    this news has made my day,i have been a peta supporter for many years and its things like this that makes it all worth while well done peta and everybody who has contributed to this wonderful news xx

  3. avatar Jane Galbraith says:

    Save the animals this torture and test on the paedophiles, rapists and murderers.

  4. avatar Dagmara Pawlak says:

    Everytking what big concerns do with animals its cruel and not nasessery!!!’why they do that? That terror in clear maind. I hait when i go to the shop anr i see onley products maydet or testing on animals…. They even not good. Do something woth that!!! It have to stop!

  5. avatar Luisa Manley says:

    Fantastic news !!! Will cosmetic like clinic ,channel etc no longer be testing on animals ?

  6. avatar Zoui says:

    what an AMAZING victory!
    i’m so happy to be part of this :)


  7. avatar Angie Wright says:

    I still won’t buy from those who used to test on animals . I would rather continue to support those who were always ethical by choice . The cruel Bastards who were happy to test on animals until the law changed will never get my money.

    • avatar Gwen says:

      Angie: I couldn’t agree more. I never have purchased items from companies that test on animals and I still wont be buying from them.

    • avatar Zoui says:

      i’m with u, sister! (:


    • avatar Claire says:

      Hmm, see i dont know. I HATE animal testing with a passion. Makes me sick. That being said I dont care WHY companies stop testing on animals, be it law or the fact that they will sell more products, all I care about is that they DO stop. If a company stops testing and people then buy thier products and their sales go up somewhat then market research will show this and other comapanies can see the sales increse. This may then give other companies an insentive to stop aswell. If a company stops testing and their sales dont increse then other comapanies that dont care about testing wont see any reason to stop. Sure i would rather them stop because they care but that is unlikly to happen.

  8. avatar Lesley Robinson says:

    Thank heavens for that. It’s about time and took some lengthy arguments and demonstrations but it was worth every sentence everyone wrote, every email to MPs and companies, every protest, every demonstration.

  9. avatar Roisin Gruner says:

    This is wonderful news.
    Gandhi, asked his opinion of Western civilisation, said he thought that it would be a good idea. We have taken another step towards that goal.
    Love & Peace to all,
    Roisin, John, five cats & three guinea-pigs.

  10. avatar ruth johnson says:

    Really good news and totally agree with Jane Galbraith.

  11. avatar Tania Brandon says:

    Wonderful news. Well done to Peta and members and many other people who have worked so hard over the years.

  12. […] advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called the new regulation “a cause for celebration for animals, consumers and science” after “an epic campaign, […]

  13. avatar Liisa Markkanen says:

    Such a momentous day! It’s finally a reality.. I’m very grateful to Peta and all it’s amazing supporters for their continued efforts to achieve this.
    Thank you xxx :D

  14. […] advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called the new regulation “a cause for celebration for animals, consumers and science” after “an epic campaign, […]

  15. avatar Gejo says:

    I am so so HAPPY!!! It would be great to see PeTA ads in the streets to let people know!!!

  16. avatar Malia says:

    Omg!! Finally I feel great this is such good newes :D

  17. avatar Julian Bellido says:


    Ive been a veggie for over 10yrs. And im so glad this has got to an end.

  18. avatar Isabel Burns says:


    • avatar Alex Taylor says:

      I am also wondering this…?!?!

    • avatar James Mellitas says:

      The solution is to not purchase products form companies like L’Oreal. I actually walk into stores and ask staff and tell them why I do not buy their products. It is no different in some respects to these multi billion dollar companies selling high priced cosmetics like ace creams with paraffins and ingredients that are actually harmful. Enough people complain and the companies listen.

    • avatar Gwen says:

      Even if L’Oreal have stopped testing on animals, I wouldn’t touch their products with a barge pole. I have written to them (and masses of other companies over the years) about testing on animals. If a company can’t sell their products, then they have to change or go bust.

  19. avatar Isabel Burns says:

    Please tell me

  20. avatar timmy says:

    animals lives are improving a last :D

  21. avatar Tina wain says:

    Congratulations and what fantastic news it is. I am really glad there are many animal lovers out there. These animals need our support. So lets do more to help. Great news it’s made my year. Tina

  22. avatar Jennifer Kemp says:

    Dear PETA,

    Wonderful news! Thanks for including me in the struggle – I am so proud of you and all the PETA supporters!

  23. avatar Shirley Pyne says:

    Well done to everyone concerned – to PETA and all their supporters and everyone who loves animals and wants them treated humanely – thanks to you all – keep up the good work.


  24. avatar Judi Pocock says:

    I am delighted to hear this at last. I could not understand how so many vegetarians will not eat animals but are prepared to spread cosmetics over their faces and bodies, knowing how these poor animals suffer a long drawn out torture.

  25. avatar Marius Grobler says:

    This is absolutely fantastic and a huge achievement for animal rights!

  26. avatar Peggy Lovick says:

    Stop testing on animals – We are not a barbaric nation! We must fight against the harmful use of living things for industry and money! POlitics and ingnorance needs to be targeted – Educate yourselves without the use of animals – Leave our living creatures alone!!

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  28. avatar WAU says:

    Hope it works – who can believe whom in this time

  29. avatar norma constanza vargas ricaurte says:

    me siente muy feliz por tan gran noticia, espero recibir mas y mas buenas noticias producto del trabajo de quienes respetan a los animales.

  30. avatar Rommy says:

    This is the best news in a long time, now we need to stop USA, China, and any other Countries that test on animals.

  31. avatar James Mellitas says:

    Being persistent paid off. Some people look away from stuff like animal testing because they find it easier because it is so cruel but this victory is what happens when people stand together for what’s right and don’t simply turn a blind eye. Animals can not speak up so it is up to the public to speak up for them and stop the cruelty. This is a fantastic news. If everyone stands together other countries will also stop because they will lose money and the sad fact is, these greedy companies only care about the money.

    PETA are absolutely amazing.

    Thank you so much.

  32. avatar Eliza Hardy says:

    I am thrilled to hear about this ban as I recently found out that some makeup I bought had been tested on animals (of course I immediately threw it away) and was mortified to find that I had helped this cruel and brutal industry. Thankfully, I won’t be able to make that mistake anymore. Ive supported PETA only for a few months, but already know that the work they do in invaluable

  33. avatar carmine natale says:


  34. avatar Angie Wright says:

    Are we sure it will happen? I have recently heard there will be a loop hole that the Bastards can use to carry on selling animal tested products. To be sure stick with the companies which never tested anyway. The sick companies like unilever/proctor and gamble will still test household/cleaning products on animals . So make sure you still don’t give them your money. Use Astonish and similar companies who have been vetted by BUAV and carry the leaping rabbit symbol (UK).

  35. […] In case you missed it, we’ve just seen a momentous step forward for the campaign against animal testing in Europe, with the new EU ban on cosmetics testing coming into force. […]

  36. avatar chander kumar soni says:

    i hate animal tested cosmetics.

  37. avatar Tracey Redmond says:

    Unfortunately this ban is overuled by Reach testing regulations so it doesn’t mean a thing.

  38. avatar Craig Forsdike says:

    Not entirely Tracey, any substance used in REACH testing cannot then be subsequently used in cosmetics. So, whilst not entirely effective, the Cosmetics Directive and ban has done a little something, which is better than nothing.

  39. avatar Tina Henderson says:

    I think it’s a brilliant step in the right direction. I like the way PETA is working with China to change their views too which is good. I am also aware that some companies have also worked with the Chinese to change their view and that can only be a good thing too. However I am still aware of countries like Brazil and South Korea. Companies that trade there should not be on PETAs list of companies that do not test on animals but they are and some of these claim to be very green!

  40. avatar Ella says:

    yay! Those poor creatures deserve to survive. <3

  41. avatar paul says:

    We are all one conciousness, the harm we do to others is the harm we do to ourselves

  42. can’t stop thinking, how can so many people who dare to torture animals or what creatures that they are calling. they deserve to survive too..

  43. […] announcement closely follows similar bans on cosmetics testing in the European Union and Israel which came in earlier this […]

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  46. avatar laura says:

    testing these days should be done on those serving life in prision, those who have murdered, raped and done disgraceful things towards children. Animals do not have the same DNA as humans. Doing these test on humans will give a far better outcome on research.
    Animal welfare should come first.

  47. avatar Judith Bailey says:

    I agree with Jane Galbraith experiment on the guilty not the innocent. This really has to stop now. It is possible to test without cruelty there is no excuse for this.

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