Foster: Time for the EU to spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Jacqueline Foster MEP today led a call by Conservative MEPs for the EU to spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals. The European Parliament's Environment committee backed the move today and has also asked the European Commission to ensure the EU's current ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals is fully enforced.

Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament's Animal Welfare Intergroup, Jacqueline Foster MEP, said:

"Testing cosmetic products on animals is immoral and unjustifiable. We should be proud that the UK and the EU have strict rules prohibiting it, yet it is unacceptable many countries still allow it. That's why Conservative MEPs are calling on the UK and the EU to spearhead efforts to secure an international convention that brings this cruel practice to an end."

In 2013 the EU banned the sale of cosmetics which have been tested on animals. However, 80% of the world still allows such testing to take place.

Conservative MEPs' Deputy Leader, Mrs Foster added:

"Now is the time to make a determined effort to ban this practice worldwide. At the same time, we must be vigilant to ensure these goods cannot be sold into our market."