13 July 2018
Cruelty Free International (Leaping Bunny) proposes a 6-point plan for the future of cruel toxicity tests, which includes demanding the EU allocates more funds to non-animal alternatives.
The six-point plan drawn up by Cruelty Free International includes:
1. The Commission should speed up implementation of the Test Methods Regulation to ensure that all bureaucratic and administrative obstacles holding up the validation of alternative methods are removed.
2. The Commission and Member States must ensure that desire for international harmonisation of chemicals regulation does not lead to the continued use of animal testing anywhere in the world where an alternative method has already been recognised as suitable for use in Europe.
3. The ECHA must do more to support the appropriate use of alternative methods through positive guidance to industry and Member States on what is required to avoid animal testing. 4. EU Member States should support the articles in REACH law that state animal testing should be a last resort and reject speculative requests for animal testing for substance evaluation.
5. The Commission and Member States should dedicate more funding to alternative methods.
6. The Commission and Member States should honour both public opinion in Europe and the political will expressed in the Cosmetics Regulation and in the European Parliament’s recent resolution to end cosmetics animal testing globally by doing all they can to secure international agreement to this end and by putting a stop to the testing under REACH of both new and existing chemicals that are used in cosmetics.