In a notable move, the UK government has banned the granting of licenses for animal testing of cosmetic ingredient chemicals. Despite a 25-year ban on such testing, the government had allowed it to resume under the justification of aligning with EU chemical rules. However, Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced that no new licenses would be issued for animal testing of cosmetic ingredients. This decision follows public outrage and criticism from animal rights groups and cosmetic brands, who believed the ban had effectively been lifted.
The government’s decision came in response to widespread public concern. A study by the RSPCA revealed that 76% of UK adults strongly oppose animal testing in scientific research, including cosmetic testing. This outcry demonstrated the issue’s significance to the public, leading to the government reevaluating its position.
Animal rights groups, including the RSPCA, welcomed the ban, emphasizing the public’s strong stance against animal testing. The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) affirmed that the industry did not support animal testing and applauded the government’s decision to provide clarity and reassurance to the public.
Moving forward, the government is reviewing how the ban on animal testing will be implemented in the long term. This includes determining the course of action for existing licenses and exploring alternatives to animal testing.
Numerous companies are standing up against animal testing and recently the USDA made a decision to eliminate some mammalian testing by 2025. The majority of animal testing is used in medicine and for other human products and treatments. According to PETA, the National Institutes of Health wastes $12 billion annually on animal testing that does not lead anywhere. These experiments on animals actually fail 90 percent of the time! The research used on animals rarely correlates when it is tested on humans, making it a waste of money and unnecessary. Monkeys, mice, rats, and dogs are all used in animal experiments nationwide. It’s time countries ban animal experimentation altogether, as it also hurts humans.
Read more about animal testing in One Green Planet, including why it makes no sense. Celebrities like James Cromwell and Paul McCartney have spoken out against animal testing.
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