People of Europe rejoice! As of today, 11th of March, 2013, the European Union has banned the sale and marketing of any cosmetic product containing ingredients tested on animals.
Let us celebrate this by looking at pictures of the most adorable animals you can possibly imagine
Already since 2004, a ban was in place in the EU not to test finished cosmetics on animals. Today marks another milestone in the fight of many animal rights groups (such as the Humane Society International), dubbing Europe as “the world’s largest cruelty-free cosmetics market”.
Typical animals used for testing are rats, mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs. With this ban, many of these animals will be spared a grim fate. The decision is one the European Commission claims “is in line with what many European citizens believe firmly: that the development of cosmetics does not warrant animal testing.”
Of course, the phase-out of animal testing over the years in Europe has had an impact in these practices in US cosmetics manufacturers, in order to not hurt sales overseas. From a business standpoint, makes sense not to test on animals for sure!
If you want more information about the ban, make sure you read the official press release. And keep scrolling for more adorable animals!
You can find more adorable animal photos where I found all the ones above: Cute Overload!