People all over Europe celebrated last year when the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the European Union came into full force.
So we were deeply concerned when a joint statement from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week confirmed that cruel tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients will continue under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the world’s biggest animal testing programme.
Here’s our statement on the issue:
PETA believes that the cosmetics testing ban is a vital start,
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Claire Cooper, a British actor from Wakefield, has joined PETA in taking action against B&K Universal’s plans to build a new beagle breeding facility in East Riding of Yorkshire.
In a letter, Claire voiced her disgust at the plans to breed thousands of beagle puppies so that they can be tested on and killed in experiments. She writes:
“Breeding dogs for deadly experiments is a shameful trade. Dogs aren’t commodities or test tubes with tails. Beagles are friendly, loyal and gentle”.
As a local girl herself, it is clear that Claire … Read more.
A huge victory for animals – the Indian government has just announced a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics!
This news comes after intensive efforts by PETA India, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and others and will save millions of animals from being blinded, poisoned and killed in cruel and useless tests for products sold to India’s billion-plus population. The India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare made its decision public in The Gazette of India today and will implement the ban in November.
The compassionate move brings India up to speed … Read more.
It can take courage to stand up for your convictions. Fortunately, compassionate PETA supporters have bucket loads of it!
Today, in a room full of suited airline bosses discussing the future of aviation, this activist stood up and made her voice heard – literally – about Air France’s cruelty to primates. Just before a speech by Air France Executive Pieter Elbers in London, she crashed the venue with a banner and a demand for the airline to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.
She was eventually escorted from the room, … Read more.
A new government-funded poll by Ipsos MORI shows that the British public continues to voice strong and ever-growing opposition to the use of animals in experiments and also continues to mistrust both experimenters and the inadequate rules governing this archaic and often discredited practice.
According to the latest figures:
- Thirty-two per cent of Britons object to the use of animals in experiments.
- Thirty-one per cent have little to no faith in the regulatory system that governs animal experimentation.
- Thirty per cent do not trust experimenters to avoid causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
These figures … Read more.
Pressure is mounting on the Ministry of Defence to stop using live animals in horrific trauma training exercises for medics. The UK’s top army doctor, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, the Medical Director at Joint Medical Command, has admitted that he receives letters from the House of Commons every fortnight asking why the UK hasn’t switched to humane, modern methods instead of needlessly mutilating animals.
Ever since we revealed how British personnel travel to Denmark and shoot live pigs to pieces in shady training operations, tens of thousands of compassionate people have been … Read more.
All over the world, people have been standing up to express their horror at Air France’s shipments of primates to laboratories.
Today, the protest arrived in London.
30 PETA supporters gathered outside the Embassy of France in Knightsbridge, London, to make sure that diplomats and the public know how Air France is profiting from the torture of highly intelligent and sensitive monkeys.
No other major airline still transports monkeys for animal testing. After learning how the terrified animals are caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with … Read more.
It’s the largest animal testing programme in the world, but many people have never heard of it.
We’re talking about REACH – otherwise known as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals in the European Union. The law states that animals must be used in tests only as a last resort, but since it came into effect in 2007, it’s estimated that a staggering 800,000 animals have already been poisoned and killed as part of the programme, including rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs and fish. Millions more could be subjected … Read more.
Today, the Home Office released statistics on the number of experiments on animals conducted last year. It’s not good news.
In 2013, animal testers in Great Britain used more than 4.01 million animals in experiments, a 52 per cent increase since 2000. The number of experiments was the highest in a generation – a step backwards for scientific progress in this country and a catastrophe for the millions of animals who live and die in laboratory cages.
Most of these animals lost their lives because of genetic engineering experiments, an imprecise, inefficient and … Read more.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who took part and called Air France’s office. Its staff received hundreds of calls from compassionate people all over the UK – sending the message loud and clear that Air France needs to end its cruel cargo.
Watch this space for more campaign updates!
Only one major airline still ships monkeys to laboratories to be used in experiments – Air France.
Despite hearing from thousands of disappointed customers and seeing other airlines drop the cruel practice one by one, Air France continues its complicity in the … Read more.