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EU pushes for worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals

Neil Hodge | May 29, 2018

Five years ago, the European Union took a major step in enforcing animal rights by banning the testing of any cosmetic product on animals within the 28-nation bloc. Now, the European Parliament has signalled that it wants to make that ban worldwide.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted overwhelmingly at the beginning of May (by a 620-14 vote, with 18 abstentions) to call for the EU to launch a diplomatic drive to ban cosmetic testing on animals worldwide by 2023.

The resolution is non-binding, and no such action will be immediate: Any initiative needs to first be considered by the European Council, the body that defines the EU’s political priorities, and the European Commission, the EU’s executive body.

MEPs and campaign groups are confident that a near-unanimous vote in favour of strengthening and widening the ban will...

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