Greens welcome European Parliament’s vote for global cosmetics animal testing ban

Green Party Animals Spokesperson, Keith Taylor MEP, has welcomed the European Parliament’s support for the campaign for a global ban on cosmetics animals testing.

MEPs voted in favour of a resolution today in Brussels calling on the EU to lead the diplomatic push for an international convention against the use of animals in cosmetics testing, ahead of the next meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee which first passed the resolution in February, has long-supported a the campaign for a global ban and welcomed the support of his fellow MEPs.

The senior Green Party politician said:

“A global ban will ensure cosmetics companies stop animal testing, and although companies could do that now – and some have already stopped – we know from experience that laws are needed to push bigger companies to do the right thing. A global ban would mean there is no advantage for companies wanting to test on animals: they can all stop together.”

“I want to see the EU promote the global ban at the UN. The EU has led the way on ending cosmetics animal testing: we need to continue that work by making the ban global.”

Mr. Taylor added that he was disappointed the UK Government had not committed to the campaign, which is being led by Cruelty Free International. He continued:

“Greens called on the UK Government to back the campaign earlier this year. The disappointing response, in true Tory-style, was full of warm words, recognising the EU’s leading role in pushing for positive animal welfare action, but stopped far short of supporting the campaign to put an end to this cruelty worldwide.”