Today, Keith co-hosted an event with animal welfare organisation Four Paws in the European Parliament to promote and support the ‘Kiss animal tested cosmetics goodbye’ campaign.
The event was attended by a number of MEPs who pledged their backing for the full ban on animal-tested cosmetics scheduled to take place in March 2013.
Marie-Claire Macintosh of Four Paws said ‘We were very excited about holding a Cruelty-Free Beauty Day together with seven co-hosting MEPs, following EU Commissioner Borg’s very positive comments that the ban should go ahead in full. We would like to thank all MEPs that participated and supported our campaign.”
Animal testing for new cosmetics was banned in the EU in March 2009 but many cosmetic ingredients continue to be tested on animals outside the EU and imported for sale. The March 2013 complete sales ban, if it goes ahead, would represent the final phase of a long-awaited full ban which has been subject to repeated delays since 1998.
Keith said: ‘I welcome this event in the European Parliament as an innovative way of informing policy makers that high quality cruelty- free beauty products exist and are accessible to all. Animal testing for cosmetics is cruel, unnecessary and wrong, and I will continue to campaign at EU level to have it banned completely.’
The Green Party aims to bring an end to all animal experiments, replacing them with more reliable non-animal alternatives.