We’ve just sent the European Commission a huge bouquet of flowers. Why? Because we’re delighted by the fantastic news that a ban on the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics in the EU will come into effect in March of this year.
The much-needed ban has been in the pipeline for a long time, but there were fears that it might be postponed or weakened. This week, PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi met Commissioner Tonio Borg in person and got his word that it will go ahead, meaning that, starting in March, … Read more.
In 2011, we learned that animals may have been poisoned and killed in toxicity tests that should never have taken place, as part of the EU’s chemical testing programme, REACH – the largest chemical testing programme in the world.
REACH rules state that animal tests can only be conducted as a “last resort”. But in 2011, a report from the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), which is responsible for policing REACH, showed that tens of thousands of animals were used in tests that could have been avoided. Yet ECHA has taken no … Read more.
Appearing naked, with bleeding eyes, musician Dave Navarro’s new PETA ad is pretty dark, even for someone known for his edgy sense of style.
He might look a bit gory here, but by lending his face to PETA’s campaign against animal testing, the Jane’s Addiction guitarist is actually showing his compassionate side once more.
Navarro was appalled to learn about the hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide who are poisoned, blinded and killed each year in tests for the cosmetics industry. “They’re not taking a bunny rabbit and putting mascara on … Read more.
Companies that test their products on animals needn’t bother trying to ship them to Israel, because, starting New Year’s Day, the country banned the import, sale and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaners. Previously, in 2007, the Israeli government had banned using animals to test personal-care and household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in 2010 and came into effect on 1 January 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves, blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even crossing Israel’s border.… Read more.
Animals in UK laboratories lead lives filled with fear and suffering, but last year, it looked like even the meagre legal protection that they currently have was under threat.
When PETA found out that animal testing legislation in the UK was going to change to incorporate an EU directive, we were worried that this could end up weakening regulations and make the situation for the victims of animal tests even worse. But after thousands of you responded to the public consultation and contacted the minister and after a year of pressuring … Read more.
In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, are being released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following rigorous campaigning for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.
The rescue was approved after PETA India notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control … Read more.
A spokesperson for EU Commissioner Tonio Borg just sent us a letter today confirming that Mr Borg will not propose any delay or compromise on the cosmetics marketing ban due in March 2013, which would end the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. Actually testing cosmetics on animals is already outlawed in the EU, but starting at the end of March, companies that test elsewhere won’t be able to sell their products here either. Not only does banning testing save hundreds of thousands of animals from cruel … Read more.
For months, rumours suggesting that the 2013 EU sales ban on animal-tested cosmetics could be weakened or delayed have intensified. The majority of the European population is opposed to animal-tested cosmetics, and caring consumers across Europe have protested vehemently to ensure the deadline is maintained. The ban is enshrined in the current EU directive for good reason: to attempt to assess the safety of cosmetics ingredients using defenseless rabbits and mice is not only cruel but also completely ineffective and puts human safety at risk, as the results cannot accurately predict human … Read more.
A recent Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has shown that public opposition to the use of animals in medical research has grown steadily for the past six years. More than one in three people now identify themselves as “objectors” to the use of animals in medical research. No doubt, support for animal testing will continue to fall as people become increasingly aware of exciting, progressive and effective science that uses non-animal methods. These methods, including sophisticated computer and mathematical models, human tissue and cell cultures … Read more.
The Miss Green Teen website teems with information that makes the case for animal rights easy to understand and hard to ignore. The site is run by Maia Page-Rubio, who recently received PETA’s Compassionate Kid Award on her 13th birthday in recognition of her efforts to help animals.
Maia’s activism focuses on the cruel practice of maiming and killing animals in cosmetics testing. On her website, she writes about the issues and offers cruelty-free fashion and beauty tips.
“Young people are leading the charge for animal rights around the world, and Maia … Read more.