Cruelty-Free International joined forces with The Body Shop in February to launch a campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals globally.
So far, more than 2 million people have signed the campaign’s petition, showing the growing demand for cruelty-free cosmetics.
A spokesperson for the campaign said: “Back in February, we first told you about our campaign for a global ban to end cosmetics animal testing once and for all the world over.
“We knew we were being ambitious. But like you, we also knew it’s the right thing to do for animals.”
According to Cruelty-Free International, it is the most popular and successful petition the group has ever launched.
The spokesperson said: “In July, we went to the European Parliament to talk to an influential group of politicians interested in animal welfare to set out a road map for a global ban.
“We urged them to encourage the rest of the world to build on Europe’s successes for animals.
“Many of the politicians we spoke to weren’t aware that cosmetics animal testing still happens in some key countries – and several echoed your call for it to be consigned to the history books right away.”
According to the group, which has arranged for a number of MEPs to sign the petition: “You might wonder why we’re talking to European decision-makers as the ban is already in place there. Well that’s precisely why. We need a member government of the United Nations to place a resolution on the table of the UN General Assembly, and we need many more nations to support it. Countries that already know that a ban works for
“Well that’s precisely why.
“We need a member government of the United Nations to place a resolution on the table of the UN General Assembly, and we need many more nations to support it.
“Countries that already know that a ban works for animals, and that it also acts as an impetus for humane science, provides a level playing field for industry and gives consumers confidence are the perfect advocates to help us.”
Cruelty-Free International will return to the UN in September to further promote the campaign.