True Blood actress Kristin Bauer has written a letter to the European Union commission, asking that it uphold a decision to ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics by 2013.
“No animal should suffer and die to test lipstick or eye shadow,” writes Bauer. “That’s why I’m writing to urge you to keep the European Union on the path to modern, innovative cosmetics testing. Please maintain the EU’s 2013 deadline for banning the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics.”
“Here in the United States, many cosmetic companies have stopped using animals in such tests, but others need incentive to make progress. The EU’s 2013 deadline sends a strong message to companies in Europe and America—and around the world—that it’s time to move away from inhumane animal tests and toward better, more human-relevant methods for testing cosmetics and other products.”
Bauer’s entire letter can be read here.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, many of the tests for cosmetic safety are extremely outdated. Developed in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the tests involve applying the product in question to the animal’s eyes and bare skin. And because humans are different than rabbits and rats, the results on people are sometimes quite different.
More modern and humane methods of testing include using artificial skin, computer and mathematical models to predict adverse reactions and extrapolating from already existing data.
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