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Cruelty Free International Counts Down To EU Ban; No Delay Expected

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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In an email exchange with “The Rose Sheet,” Cruelty Free International head Michelle Thew calls the end to cosmetic animal testing in the EU, under the fast-approaching March 11 deadline, a “truly historic event.” In recent communications with Cruelty Free and other animal-welfare groups, European Health Commissioner Borg has indicated there will be no eleventh-hour delay or derogation.

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