Animal-Tested Cosmetics Banned In EU

In a praiseworthy and long overdue move, the EU has now issued a complete ban on all cosmetics developed through animal testing.  The 27 countries of the EU already had a ban in place for animal testing within the EU, but they have now extended the ban to reject any product that has been tested on animals, regardless of where that testing was carried out.


The anti-vivisection group BUAV and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) have been fighting for this change for 20 yearswith some very notable celebrity supporters such as Sir Paul McCartney, Morrissey and Sienna Miller.  The group is pressing for a global ban, as there are still many places in the world that victimize our fellow creatures so that we can over-consume vain (and usually ineffective) beautification products.

Against-Animal-Testing-against-animal-testing-7992670-900-720The EU Commission is working to develop alternatives to animal testing, allocating 238m euros (£208m; $310m) in 2007-2011 for research.
The response? Of course, scorn from the cosmetic industry and appeals to ‘fiscal responsibility’.  Critics, mainly cosmetic firms, are saying that this ban will put Europe at a competitive disadvantage in the global market –neatly exemplifying the hazards of raising the capitalist global market to the level of a God we all must make sacrifice to.   Anything that will move us towards a green and socially just future will almost always involve some ‘competitive disadvantage’ if the ultimate goal is the accumulation of capital through the use of ‘nature’ (or some natural product or process) to sell goods.  In this hierarchical arrangement of market > nature/society/everything else, any thing, creature, or sometimes even people are considered dispensable; ready to be swallowed up by the sacrificial logic of the market.

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The line between animals and humans is fuzzy at best.  It is a daily exercise in imaginative delusion that makes us believe that we are different or more deserving of life than any other living, breathing organism on this Earth.  In the pursuit of a just and environmentally sound future, compassion and the democracy of all things –both human and natural– must be prioritized over profit, pillage, and consumption-and-waste driven corporate power.


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4 Comments on “Animal-Tested Cosmetics Banned In EU”

  1. andhastings March 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    “The line between animals and humans is fuzzy at best.”


    But seriously, this is a very significant ruling that I hope to see the rest of the world adopt.

    • utopiandreaming March 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Haha, Pun… always intended.

      Definitely. The world needs to start valuing *life* more generally over profits.

  2. timr6 March 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on Green Living London.

  3. argylesock March 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    You’re right that this change is long overdue. Testing cosmetics on animals is totally unnecessary and cruel.

    I hope that within the next few years, public opinion will start to recognise that animal work in labs is mostly *not* about testing cosmetics. There’s good science being done, for which animal work is the only way to proceed.

    Anybody who wants to know about the tight rules around animal work in British labs might choose to look at what the Home Office says about it

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