As Yvonne reported last month, the famous Pamela Anderson brought welcome attention to the threat to the 2013 deadline for banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the EU by writing to the (slightly less famous) European Commissioner, John Dalli, about it on our behalf.
Since then, I’ve met the key people in Mr Dalli’s cabinet to discuss the 2013 ban, and one of them has also sent a reply to Pam. The good news is that Mr Dalli and his team clearly recognise the strength of feeling on this issue, … Read more.
Canada’s barbaric seal slaughter continues its downward spiral – and it appears to be taking Canada’s integrity with it.
Last week, the European Union (EU) rejected an attempt by the native Canadian Inuit to challenge the EU’s ban on seal products. Interestingly, the Inuit live far away from the area where the mass commercial slaughter takes place and are responsible for only about 3 percent of Canada’s annual seal kill. In addition, the EU already exempts Inuit seal products from the ban.
So why would the Inuit fight a ban that … Read more.
Showing that she’s far from cold-hearted, True Blood star Kristin Bauer has written to the European Commission to ask that it preserve the current planned date of 2013 for banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics and toiletries in the European Union. With the European Commission poised to make an announcement on the deadline this year, now is a critical time to apply pressure on them. We blogged a few months ago about a backward-looking scientific report which increases the risk the Commission will propose postponing the deadline, perhaps even indefinitely. … Read more.
Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Almost 100 PETA supporters took part in an eye-catching photo opportunity at Marble Arch in London today to demand that the government not adopt lower standards of protection for animals in laboratories when it incorporates the EU’s new directive regulating animal experiments later this year. If the government adopts the directive without changes, all animals will be affected. But dogs and cats in particular would become far more likely to be used in experiments because they would lose the special protections that Britain has given them for … Read more.
Each July sees the release of the depressing official figures for the number of animals used in laboratories in the UK. After last year’s slight dip, the statistics this year (for 2010) show a shameful but sadly predictable rise in the number of animals subjected to experiments in the UK. That total now stands at 3,642,517 animals (in other words, almost 10,000 animals per day!)
Cats could lose their special protection, leading to more suffering
Almost every single one of those animals will have been killed – either as part of the … Read more.
When laws protecting animals are updated, the usual practice is to strengthen them. But the Home Office’s just-released plans for a new UK law on animal experimentation could lead to more suffering for more animals than ever before.
Last year the EU produced a new directive to regulate experiments on animals, and that means that all member states, including the UK, have to amend their own laws. PETA worked hard to get the best result for animals when the directive was going through the European Parliament, and this will certainly stop some … Read more.
Last week, a report was published examining whether certain non-animal toxicity tests would be fully developed in time to replace animal tests in 2013. Why 2013? Because that’s when the EU is scheduled to ban the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. (Cosmetics testing on animals is already banned within the EU itself, but cosmetics companies that test anywhere else can still, for now, sell their products here.)
The people writing the report must have been sleeping for the last 10 or 20 years because they … Read more.
The European Union has done it again. First, it banned the sale of products from slaughtered seals, and now the European Parliament is requiring that all clothing containing any fur or leather whatsoever be clearly marked with labels stating, “Non-textile parts of animal origin”.
Member of the European Parliament Eva-Britt Svensson of Sweden said the new regulations would benefit animals, consumers, and allergy sufferers. “We’re always saying that consumer power is important, but if we’re serious about this, we have to live up to it and give consumers a chance to … Read more.
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I’ve just popped down, along with colleagues from other anti-vivisection groups, to meet with Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, the new government’s Home Office minister responsible for regulating animal experiments. Here’s why:
When the new coalition government came into power back in May, our ears pricked up at its commitment to “work to reduce the use of animals in scientific procedures”. As we noted at the time, although the statement was not a promise to actually bring down numbers, it was nevertheless a welcome pledge to … Read more.