The collection of signatures for the European citizens’ initiative “Cruelty-free cosmetics” ended last night. In one year, 1,413,383 signatures were collected. 56,515 of them are from Bulgaria
Twice in less than a decade, over a million people across Europe have said clearly that animal testing must be stopped.
Over ten million animals – cats, dogs, rabbits, mice and other species – are harmed every year in research and testing in laboratories across the European Union (EU). Now European citizens are demanding termination on cruelty towards animals in the testing of cosmetics and chemicals, and for an ambitious plan to end all experiments on animals.
The deadline for collecting signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics” expired at 23:59 on Wednesday, August 31. In one year, exactly 1,413,383 signatures of European citizens were collected. Of them, 56,515 are from Bulgaria. It is the second EGI on this matter, which surpasses the mark of one million signatures. The first was “Stop Vivisection” in 2015.
“Now we have to wait a few months for the signatures from the EU member states to be validated. However, the huge number of signatures is a clear signal to the European Parliament about how significant the citizens’ will is on this issue. We hope that this time the European Commission, members of the European Parliament and national governments will listen to us and act immediately on both requests. First – ending animal testing of cosmetic ingredients. And second – urgently draw up an effective plan to phase out all animal experiments. Because modern science already has sufficiently efficient, ethical and humane alternative methods and does not need animals to develop,” commented Petya Altimirska, president of the KAŽI association, one of the two Bulgarian organizations working on this campaign.
The overwhelming support of EU citizens to end animal testing reflects the European Parliament’s position taken last year, which led to a resolution calling The European Commission to coordinate, together with the Member States, a concrete plan to accelerate the transition to trials without animal testing.
The European citizens’ initiative “For cruelty-free cosmetics – a commitment to a Europe without animal testing” was launched in August 2021 by the organizations for the protection of animal rights: “Cruelty Free Europe”, “PETA”, “Eurogroup for Animals”, “European Coalition to End Animal Experiments” and “HSI/Europe”, supported by global health and beauty companies such as “The Body Shop” and “Dove” and actively promoted by a network of national organizations, among which is the KAŽI association.