Poll shows 7 out of 10 people want complete end to cosmetics testing on animals


White rabbit © iStockOne year on from the EU sales ban on cosmetics newly tested on animals, we are calling for change worldwide.

New research shows that the public is behind this movement with 76 per cent of women and 59 per cent of men wanting to see animal testing for cosmetics completely stopped worldwide. 71 per cent say that they would prefer not to buy a product if they knew it was from a company still testing on animals.

Eloise Shavelar, RSPCA campaign manager said:

“Many people believe that testing cosmetics using animals is a thing of the past, yet numerous animals over much of the world still suffer in the name of beauty. We want to see the day when no new cosmetics products or ingredients are tested on any animal, anywhere in the world.”

Animals used in testing can suffer pain and distress

We are opposed to the use of animals to test cosmetics. Animals, such as mice, rats and rabbits, can experience pain and distress in such experiments and we believe this suffering for beauty is unacceptable. A 25-year campaign by us, and other animal protection groups led to the EU cosmetics testing and marketing bans. The marketing bans came into force on 11 March 2013 and prohibits the sale and marketing in the EU of cosmetic products newly tested on animals.

Yet, despite the EU ban on the sale of cosmetics newly tested on animals, many products found on EU shelves are made by cosmetic companies that are still involved in animal testing.

Eloise continued:

“If cosmetics companies can comply with this EU ban and still trade within the EU, there is no reason why they cannot adhere to a non-testing policy worldwide. There is no excuse for any more animals to suffer in these tests.”

Makeover the World

Makeover The World

Our ‘Makeover the World’ campaign is urging cosmetics companies to:

  • no longer use animals to develop new products or ingredients

  • not market further products in countries where animal testing is required

  • help further the development of humane alternative methods.

Most cosmetics products have a lifespan of less than five years and manufacturers reformulate around 25 percent of their products every year. Cosmetics companies will therefore look to develop innovative new products and currently this can involve the use of animals.

Eloise explains:

“There are already more than 20,000 approved chemical ingredients available to producers of cosmetics products. Our research shows that people don’t want to see the continuation of animal testing just so there are a few more ingredients to put in a makeup or skincare product. We want to make sure companies know how consumers feel.”

Take action now

Tara Newton © RSPCAWe are calling on animal lovers and beauty lovers alike to take action on our ‘Makeover the World’ campaign page.

Campaign supporters will be able to email some of the world’s largest cosmetics companies and find out how to dedicate a makeover to the campaign. Made in Chelsea star Cheska Hull, Beauty writer Lorna Claire Weightman and Model Tara Newton have already dedicated a makeover to #makeovertheworld.