Five years have passed since the EU banned cosmetic testing on animals as well as the sale of any products tested on animals. Although European companies have found both ethical and more accurate alternatives, animal testing remains prevalent around the world. Now the EU is ready to make its ban a global export.
Furry, fun and cuddly, these rabbits don't know how lucky they are to live in Europe. Thanks to EU regulations, they are safe from ever being used as guinea pigs for the cosmetic industry. The testing of animals for beauty products and the sale of products tested on animals was completely forbidden in 2013. The European Parliament is now setting its sights on a global ban. I believe that we have shown already as the EU that a ban can work and this is the time to actually act. We need to make sure that a global ban is not only EU-wide but also across the globe. Preventing animal testing won't be easy. Four out of every five countries in the world still allow the practice. And in China, where cosmetics is a major industry, testing remains mandatory. Though with a growing number of companies switching to alternative methods of testing and consumers increasingly making ethical purchases, the tide may soon turn. This has been a great success where you have had NGOs, where you have scientists and where you have industries working together with politicians to reach the goal. The European Parliament wants the United Nations to make animal welfare a priority, and so does the public. According to a recent Eurobarometer, eighty-nine percent of EU citizens also want the EU to do more to promote the protection of animals around the world.