Big Step Forward: European Union Bans Animal Testing

weberfilm
For reasons of both science and ethics, the world is still debating whether or not animal testing is necessary for cosmetics. For the most part, international governments have been pretty wishy-washy on the issue (aside from China, where it's actually required). But now, the European Union is taking a strong stance and banning the import or sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. The ban also extends to ingredients themselves, and though the legislation will certainly take time to settle and a new infrastructure to enforce, this is undoubtedly a big step forward for animal-rights activists (or just people who love bunnies) the world over.
Advertisement
EU health commissioner Tonio Borg wrote of the ban, “This decision…means that we need to step up our efforts in the development, validation and acceptance of alternative methods, as well as in the international recognition of these methods." Animal-rights organizations are already praising this bold action, which will take effect in March, as a watershed moment for the movement.
We're more than a little bit glad to hear of this news, and we hope we're right in assuming that, sooner or later, other governments will follow suit (including our own). In the big picture, this is sure to have an immediate effect on R&D departments in every company, from the juggernauts down to the boutiques. But in the immediate future, this could mean a sticky situation for international cosmetics companies who are taking advantage of the rapidly-growing Chinese market. The potential profits are way too gigantic to ignore, and while some scientists are taking steps towards avoiding animal testing, the law remains.
But our humble opinion is that this official position can enforce change even in countries and companies that stand by animal testing. Now that this issue has a major backer in the public sphere, consumer opinion is bound to change as animal testing becomes verboten in the EU. That makes us feel as warm and fuzzy as one of the animals whose lives will be saved by this new action.
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page!
Photo: Bruce Weber/Courtesy of CR Fashion Book.
Advertisement

More from Makeup

We've seen some crazy beauty trends as of late: rainbow hair, beard accessories, even galaxy freckles. But if there's one we're super-stoked to try, it's ...
Mere months ago, if you’d asked us to reach for our most outlandish lip color, we might’ve whipped out a hot pink or super-bright red. But, today, we’re ...
In the summer, flushed cheeks mean you just ran up a flight of stairs after hopping off the crowded, air conditioner-free subway. In the fall, however, ...
When I was eight years old, I knew nothing about makeup. Did that stop me from collecting palette upon palette of colorful shadows and sparkly tubes of ...
Whether you have year-round speckles or just a light sprinkle, your freckles always look best when you embrace them. “There’s something refreshing and real...
We live in a world of instant gratification when it comes to just about everything. But, even though we can get a bevy of products and services delivered ...
There's a lot to love about a classic red lip. But one of our favorite reasons is that it stands out on its own, making it the ultimate in lazy-girl ...
(Paid Content) Some beauty trends from decades past always manage to circle back — they’re just too good to keep locked away in a previous era! Now you can...
Listen, it's hard enough to master the fine art of makeup application on a normal day, but when your skin throws a giant wrench in the operation by being ...
Left to right: Donna, Static, White Rabbit, 8 Track A video posted by ColourPop Cosmetics (@colourpopcosmetics) on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:47pm PDT ...
We've heard plenty of ridiculous claims in the beauty industry. But the number-one assertion? Long-wear. Whether they're marketed as sweat-proof, ...
Like most people, I have a glam squad of me, myself, and I. There are no celebrity stylists curling my hair, no Instagram-famous makeup artists painting my...
Update, September 28, 4:00 p.m. ET: The wait is finally over! These super soft and gorgeous makeup brushes, which range from just $5-$12 have just become ...
Lately, I’m so over matte eyeshadows. Give me shine! Give me shimmer! Give me fun! For the last couple of years, Maybelline’s Bad To The Bronze Color ...