In 2004, the EU passed a ban on testing cosmetic products on animals. It also set a series of deadlines for eliminating the testing of cosmetic ingredients and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. In March 2009, the testing of cosmetic ingredients within the EU was banned as well as the sale of most cosmetic products tested on animals. The final deadline is March 11, 2013, at which time the law prohibits marketing of any cosmetic products in the EU that have involved new animal testing.

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The European ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals is a step forward. However, this only applies in Europe and only for cosmetics. Testing on animals is still rife in Europe and the rest of the world. Animals are tested on for all sorts of things; including toiletries, household products, pharmaceutical drugs and by the military. It is cruel as well as being ineffective, due to the difference in physiology between humans and non-human animals. Please read these 30 Reasons why Animal Testing Doesn’t Work

Check that the manufacturers you buy from do not conduct animal testing on their products, that none of the ingredients are tested on animals and if they have a parent company, that they do not support this either. There are lots of resources that you can use, for example the PETA website has a great company search tool.

Click the image below to see some of the companies that continue to test on animals:

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There is an app you can buy that will tell you a product’s animal testing status simply by scanning it – available in the app store.

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Many people don’t realise that the charities they donate to are using their money to conduct medical testing on animals. In the UK, these include Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Parkinson’s UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Read more on this here. There are fantastic organisations which conduct non-animal research, such as Dr Hadwen Trust:

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity that funds and promotes the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.

‘To achieve our aim, the DHT supports and assists scientists to implement existing techniques and develop new ones which are more human-relevant and will replace animal experiments. We award grants to scientists in universities, hospitals and research organisations following a rigorous and independent peer-reviewed selection procedure. Only those projects with the highest scientific calibre and the best potential for the replacement of animals will be awarded funding. Funded solely by charitable donations, the DHT has awarded grants to over 160 research projects since 1971 in diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease, to name only a few.To date, we continue to be the UK’s leading charity provider of grants solely dedicated to animal replacement research in biomedical research.’

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Military testing on animals has come to the public’s attention, thanks to the great work of organisations such as the Animal Justice Project. Their investigations into the horrific experiments on animals by the military can be found on their website in ‘Secret War’.

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