Through the 80s and 90s there was a massive campaign by the public, demanding an end to the use of animals in cosmetics testing.
In response to this, the EU Parliament finally passed legislation in 1993 banning the testing of cosmetics on animals. It is called The Cosmetics Directive.
It gave industry 5 years to prepare, with a start date of 1st January 1998.
The public were overjoyed that their campaign had achieved its goal.
But, largely unknown to the public, this legislation has never been fully implemented.
Some of the biggest players in the cosmetics industry have lobbied to have implementation of the legislation delayed again and again.
Each time the implementation date came close, another delay was applied for and granted. So instead of the full protection of the law, animals have had to have only partial implementation of the Cosmetics Directive for the last 20 years.
The last time the cosmetics companies requested a delay, they were granted an extension until 2013.
Now that this date is approaching, another delay of 10 years has been requested and the European Parliament is currently considering this.
If you think 30 years is a crazy amount of time to delay implementation of this legislation, then have your say now, by signing the petition. The Humane Society International will be delivering this petition to the EU decision makers, telling them that the public are out of patience waiting for animals to be safe from the cruel testing of vanity products.