Lush Cosmetics celebrate the Cosmetics Directive and prepare for their next animal testing fight. In May 2012 Lush Cosmetics collected over 400,000 signatures supporting the Cosmetics Directive, legislation that makes Europe the first zone in the world where animal testing of cosmetics is banned. Today in over 900 shops worldwide Lush Cosmetics are hosting Animal Parties to celebrate the final stage of the Cosmetics Directive coming into force.
However the fight to end animal testing in Europe is far from over. After
celebrating the Cosmetics Directive today, Lush Cosmetics launches a campaign -
in collaboration with the Humane Society International - to replace animal
tests with more modern alternatives for all REACH (Registration, Evaluation,
Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) testing.
The REACH legislation was written in 2007 – and requires companies to take part
in product safety testing. Companies must follow REACH guidelines for which
tests should be administered for the various ingredients.
However REACH has not been updated since it was written in 2007. In the
intervening years many non-animal alternatives have been developed and also
some animal test refinements (these are improved protocols which mean that for
each test less animals need to be used and killed ). By not adding these
replacement tests to the REACH testing guidelines, REACH are breaking their own
stated rules – and millions of animals are dying in tests because companies
cannot use the non-animal alternatives until the legislation lists them as
suitable for use.
Hilary Jones, ethics director at Lush Cosmetics says:
“Here at Lush we are overjoyed to be able to celebrate the final stage of the
Cosmetics Directive finally coming into force. The British public played a huge
part in getting this legislation passed and enforced. Continuous public
pressure across Europe since the 1980s forced legislators to write these laws –
and only public pressure has kept the legislation on track, as it suffered
delay after delay.
Now that we know that public pressure can work – we will use that power again
to help more animals.
The Cosmetics Directive only covers tests that are conducted specifically for
cosmetics purposes. But cosmetics ingredients are also subject to testing under
the new REACH chemical legislation – and animals are going to be used in huge
numbers to conduct this safety testing. So animals are still at risk and still
need our help.
Today we are all taking the time to party and celebrate the power of the people
in bringing change for those who cannot speak up for themselves. But from
tomorrow it's time to get angry again that not enough is being done to protect
millions of animals from unnecessary tests.”
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