Good News! Switzerland Announces It Will End the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

Good news for mice, rabbits and guinea pigs – Switzerland will be the next country to end the sale of cruel cosmetics! Last week, Swiss authorities confirmed that, similar to the EU ban, they will restrict or prohibit the marketing of cosmetics if finished products or their ingredients have been tested on animals.

There’s no excuse for hurting and killing animals for the sake of make-up. Fortunately, experiments on animals for cosmetics products and their ingredients are being consigned to the history books in countries all over the world. Instead, companies have developed new humane testing methods to ensure that their products don’t harm humans or animals.

But, as in the EU, compassionate Swiss shoppers still have an important ethical choice to make when buying cosmetics. Companies may be complying with the cosmetics testing ban in Europe, but at the same time, they can be selling products in another market that have been tested on animals. By buying cosmetics from companies that are on PETA US’ list, you can be confident that you’re supporting only companies that don’t test any products on animals anywhere in the world for any market.

We applaud Switzerland for taking this compassionate step forward, and now, we must stop dishwasher detergent, furniture polish, air freshener and laundry products from being tested on animals in cruel experiments. Swiss authorities refuse to commit to banning household products testing and are instead taking their cue from the EU. Act now and ask EU leaders to make Europe a cruelty-free marketplace for household products and their ingredients, and let’s get Switzerland to follow suit:

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Ask the European Parliament and the European Commission to make Europe a cruelty-free marketplace for household products and their ingredients.

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Did you know that dishwasher detergent, furniture polish, air freshener and laundry products may be tested on animals in cruel experiments?

Across Europe, animals such as rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs are used in toxicity (poisoning) tests for finished household products and their ingredients. In these tests, animals have chemicals applied to their skin, injected into their bodies, dripped into their eyes or forced down their throats via a tube. This can cause vomiting, tremors, organ failure, paralysis and even death. Even if the animals survive the tests, they are killed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There are thousands of products and ingredients that have already been proved safe for use in the home as well as an increasing number of humane testing methods which don’t use animals and are more reliable. EU policy makers can spring-clean the shop aisles by insisting that only superior, non-animal methods be used to test new household products and their ingredients.

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Countries such as India and Israel have already ended animal testing for household products and their ingredients, and the UK plans to ban tests on animals for finished household products. European policy makers must send a message to the rest of the world that they don’t support torturing animals in cruel, toxic tests.

PETA is urging the European Parliament and the European Commission to end the suffering of animals by banning tests on animals for household products and their ingredients and also to prohibit the sale and marketing of any new household products or ingredients within the EU that have been tested on animals.

(Ferocesmente.com/Source:Peta.org.uk)

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