The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) reacted angrily to news that the UK Government has once again betrayed laboratory animals as well as the millions of UK citizens seeking an end to EU animal testing for cosmetics.
After months of disagreement over proposed amendments to the EU Cosmetics Directive to outlaw EU cosmetics animal testing and the sale of animal tested cosmetics, the European Parliament and Council of Ministers are now in conciliation. At the first conciliation committee meeting in Brussels on 7th October, the UK Government defended the cosmetics industry and argued against Parliament's strong stance on animal testing, despite the depth of public opinion on the issue.
Members of the European Parliament have voted repeatedly for an EU ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals (as well as an animal testing ban), while the Council claims, despite legal opinion to the contrary, that such a ban would damage the interests of industry and fall foul of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
The UK's position has remained unchanged; earlier this year Council adopted a common position that was set to undermine the position of the European Parliament. At the time the UK vote was the deciding factor, breaking a 'blocking minority' of smaller countries committed to the proposed sale ban.