Mary backs "No Cruel Cosmetics" campaign
Shadow Environment Secretary and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh joined the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection on 18th January to mark the first anniversary of the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign to end animal testing for toiletries and cosmetic products sold in the EU.
Despite UK and EU bans on animal testing for cosmetics, products can still be tested on animals in other parts of the world and then imported and sold in the EU. A marketing ban which would end this cruelty is due to come into effect in 2013. However, it is now in danger of being delayed, thereby putting thousands more animals at risk, who will continue to suffer and die needlessly in cruel tests for new beauty products sold in the EU.
A delay could mean that hundreds of thousands more rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats will be injected, gassed or force-fed cosmetics worldwide for new beauty products sold in the EU, including the UK.
The coming weeks will be critical as an announcement is expected shortly from the European Commission regarding its proposal for the 2013 ban. The BUAV believes, however, that the Commission plans to respond to our pressure by keeping the 2013 deadline, but it may seek to introduce exemptions.
Over one hundred and fifty thousand people across the UK and EU, including Mary Creagh MP, have already signed the No Cruel Cosmetics petition which is being sent to the European Parliament. The BUAV petition can be signed at www.NoCruelCosmetics.org.
Mary said "I’m pleased to give my support to the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign, and hope others will join me in calling on the European Commission to keep the 2013 deadline without delay or exception.”
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of BUAV, said: "We are delighted to have support from Mary Creagh MP for our campaign to end cruel tests on animals for beauty products sold in the EU. Testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary. Please sign our petition to the European Parliament at www.nocruelcosmetics.org."