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Parliamentary questions
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6 March 2017
Question for written answer E-001532-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
David Martin (S&D)

 Subject:  An international convention on animal testing
 Answer in writing 

The European Union is rightly proud of its leadership in ending animal testing for cosmetics in the interests of animals, consumers and international trade. However, 80% of the world’s countries would still allow this cruel and outdated practice to take place. NGOs working in this area estimate that some half a million animals a year continue to be used to test cosmetics.

Does the Commission agree that it is high time that cosmetics animal testing is ended around the world and that this could be achieved via an international convention to end animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients everywhere and in perpetuity?

Would the Commission agree that it is in the interests of European industry, consumers and, of course, animals to pro-actively pursue and support action to achieve the goal of enforceable and harmonised worldwide rules that put an end to the use of animals in cosmetics testing and that establish a requirement to use effective and humane non-animal testing methods instead?

What would the Commission do to initiate this process?

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