European Parliament Members To Push For Global Cosmetic Animal Test Ban
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
At EU Parliament in Brussels, 620 MEPs vote in favor of the “diplomatic drive” for a global ban on cosmetic animal testing by 2023, with 14 voting against the measure and 18 abstaining. Europe fully banned cosmetic animal testing five years ago, but it is not banned in 80% of the world and convincing other governments to adopt a ban is a challenge given the lack of accepted non-animal alternatives for certain safety endpoints.
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