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We Did It! European Residents’ Initiative Validated With 1.2 Million Signatures

Signed, sealed, and delivered! The “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – Decide to a Europe With out Animal Testing” European residents’ initiative (ECI) has smashed the requirement of gathering 1 million validated signatures – reaching over 1.2 million statements of assist from European residents.

No different ECI has ever acquired this stage of assist throughout so many various nations! To achieve success, an ECI has to gather no less than 1 million validated signatures and has to satisfy a minimal goal in no less than seven completely different EU nations. This ECI handed the minimal goal in a record-breaking 22 completely different nations, demonstrating pan-European assist for ending animal testing. Solely 9 of the 97 registered ECIs in complete have accomplished the validation stage.

This can be a fantastic achievement. Thanks to everybody who signed the initiative, shared it with mates, and helped convey us one step nearer to ending merciless experiments on animals!

The ECI Defined

As over 10 million animals undergo in experiments within the EU yearly and new non-animal applied sciences are being developed sooner than ever earlier than, the time for change is now.

The ECI requires the EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics components to be strengthened, transitioning to non-animal strategies for chemical security assessments, and committing to a plan to part out all experiments on animals.

The ECI has introduced collectively a community of NGOs and multinational firms throughout Europe. That is the first time in historical past that this variety of European organisations has come collectively to assist animals in laboratories.

The Subsequent Steps

The European Fee will now meet with PETA and different campaigners to handle residents’ considerations. The initiative can even obtain a public listening to within the European Parliament earlier than the Fee formally responds.

The times of forcing cosmetics components down the throats of defenceless animals, deliberately infecting them with debilitating illnesses, or drilling holes into their skulls should finish – a radical rethink on the EU stage is required to assist the transition to animal-free science.

Sturdy Public Help

The ECI was launched in August 2021 by PETA, Cruelty Free Europe, Eurogroup for Animals, the European Coalition to Finish Animal Experiments, and Humane Society Worldwide/Europe, with the assist of worldwide magnificence giants Dove and The Physique Store. The worldwide marketing campaign has been actively promoted by a coalition of teams and campaigners from each nook of Europe.

Lots of of celebrities additionally supported the marketing campaign, together with Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Finnish heavy metallic band Lordi, Italian singer Crimson Canzian, French journalist Hugo Clément, and actor Evanna Lynch.

Unilever, an organization recognised by PETA US as working for regulatory change, and its 28 PETA US–permitted manufacturers – together with TRESemmé and Easy – joined the struggle, alongside Lush, Natural Essences, and Aussie Hair.

A number of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have additionally spoken out in assist:

This European residents’ initiative powerfully backs up the demand of the European Parliament to part out animal testing for good. With the voice of the residents added to the refrain, the Fee can not ignore the loud calls to speed up the transition to non-animal science.
– Tilly Metz, MEP, Greens–European Free Alliance

With the risk that the chemical substances technique poses to animals in laboratories, this ECI couldn’t be timelier. From in the present day, no further animal assessments needs to be requested to fill info gaps about chemical substances. We have to transfer to safer and extra humane security assessments of chemical substances.
– Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, European Individuals’s Get together

The message from residents has by no means been clearer or extra aligned with the voices of scientists, business, NGOs, and politicians. Everybody understands {that a} plan to part out animal experiments is a win-win scenario for people, different animals, and the setting. Now, the Fee ought to hearken to residents and eventually make it occur.
– Anja Hazekamp, MEP, the Left

European residents have been asking for cruelty-free cosmetics for a very long time. This European residents’ initiative is one other reminder to the Fee that EU residents is not going to stand by whereas loopholes in laws will not be closed to finish all animal assessments on cosmetics.
– Niels Fuglsang, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Serving to Animals in EU Laboratories

This ECI goals to alter the established order, wherein over 10 million cats, canines, rabbits, mice, and different animals undergo in laboratories throughout Europe yearly.

All of them really feel ache and concern similar to people do, but pregnant rodents and their offspring are poisoned, killed, and dissected; rabbits’ pores and skin is burned with chemical substances; canines are force-fed pesticides; and plenty of extra animals are tormented and killed.

Animal-Free Testing Is the Future

It’s estimated that between 50% and 89% of preclinical analysis shouldn’t be reproducible, and using animals is steadily highlighted as a significant issue space. We have to redirect sources away from unreliable experimentation on animals and spend money on superior, non-animal analysis.

We Nonetheless Want Your Assist

That is an unprecedented milestone, however we nonetheless have extra work to do and we are going to want your assist at key factors on this marketing campaign. To remain knowledgeable, please guarantee you might be subscribed to PETA Information:

Animals in UK laboratories additionally want your assist – please signal our petition urging the UK authorities to finish all animal experiments:

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