Monday, 11 March 2013

A step forward

Today, 11th March marks the day in which new animal-tested products are finally being banned from the EU. The details of the directive are outlined here. We hope that the current and future governments will follow regulations and not allow cosmetic companies to fool us through loopholes. If you want to make sure that you buy cruelty-free items, Cruelty-free Malta has a website selling items that are certified cruelty-free. You can also like her facebook page. Select products will be sold on our stand at Uni on the 22nd, event page here

We have taken some comments from the person responsible for Cruelty Free Malta herself, Fiona Vella and our very own Animal Rights Coalition representative, Francesca Saliba, who has been indispensable in our plight against animal cruelty, raising awareness on animal-related issues and setting up events, as well as being an active member of our executive team.

'Today is a day worth remembering' said Fiona Vella from Cruelty Free Malta, because a ban from animal cruelty cosmetics was finalised after so many years. 'The Cosmetics Directive foresees a regulatory framework with the aim of phasing out animal testing. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Community, finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals (marketing ban)', as stated by the EU Commission.

Animal experimentation is an unjust act on living creatures to get a product or test its compound for human gain. At least Europe made a leap forward with this legislation, which is worth celebrating. This ban will not only affect beauty products but also toiletries, soaps, toothpastes etc. Cruelty Free International is the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. However it can go beyond Europe. They are calling on ' governments and regulators around the world to introduce a ban on the testing of animals for cosmetic products and ingredients. - See more

It is also important to know that animal tested products are used for household goods like washing liquids, detergents, and most importantly biological research. 'Nowadays, There are many alternatives, to choose cruelty free products and supporting the leaping bunny sign labeled on a product which justifies no use of animal experimentation' said Francesca Saliba from Greenhouse Malta. Let us help support this cause for these voiceless creatures and help Malta be more aware and wise when choosing products.

We hope that this is only the beginning of a future where animals are treated with the respect they deserve. Do your part. Choose cruelty-free and spread the word!


1 comment:

  1. Would be interesting to assess Malta's industrial and scientific dependence on animal experiments.... One page questionnaires set to research labs in the handful of firms and centres doing such research would be easy to carry out!

    What do you think?