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UNCAGED OPEN NEW FRONT IN BOYCOTT P&G CAMPAIGN
Uncaged has opened a new political initiative to defend animals from Procter & Gamble (P&G) and other animal testing companies. An MP has tabled a new Early Day Motion (EDM 1279) on our behalf, applauding the Boycott P&G campaign and calling on the Government to resist attempts to water down the proposed European ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.
The first phase of the historic animal testing bans in the EU's Cosmetics Directive came into force in 2004. It's now illegal to supply any 'cosmetic' product (which includes toiletries) containing ingredients which have been tested on animals where an EU-validated alternative test method exists.
Additional regulations are due to come into force in 2009 and 2013, leading to a total ban on the sale of cosmetics which contain ingredients or combination of ingredients which have been tested on animals for cosmetics purposes. This momentous law overcomes the drawbacks of unilateral action by one country and would save thousands of animals across the world every year.
However, the British Government, which is responsible for enforcing the Cosmetics Directive in the UK, has no checks in place to determine whether manufacturers are obeying these laws.
So the big manufacturers like Procter & Gamble are continuing to test on animals as they have always done, while lobbying to shift the next deadline back from 2009. Meanwhile the majority of the public believe animal testing for cosmetics is a thing of the past. We are extremely concerned that the Cosmetics Directive is not being implemented, and that as a result the future deadlines will be missed.
An MP has tabled a new Early Day Motion (EDM 1279) on our behalf, applauding the Boycott P&G campaign and calling on the Government to resist attempts to water down the Cosmetics Directive.
Please take five minutes to write or email your local MP to ask them to sign the EDM and help to ensure that the bans on the animal testing of cosmetics are implemented. You can lobby your MP via our 'Protecting Animals in Democracy' website at www.vote4animals.org.uk.
Uncaged Campaigns 29.04.08