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    Europe bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

    This may not have a thing to do with birding, but it’s a pretty huge victory toward ending useless animal experiments, and we’re glad to see it!

    U.S. companies under pressure to end animal tests as Europe bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals March 11, 2013,

    March 11, 2013,LOS ANGELES, CA–Today (March 11th) Animal Defenders International (ADI) welcomes the final stage of implementation of the European Cosmetics Directive. This ends the sale in the 27 countries of the European Union, of cosmetics that continue to be tested on animals elsewhere in the world. The historic move not only marks the end of the testing of any cosmetics on animals in the EU, but for the first time, puts pressure on cosmetics manufacturers in the USA, and elsewhere to end testing on animals, if they want to sell in the huge EU market of 501 million people.

    U.S. Congress and Federal agencies must now act to end cosmetics testing on animals or risk seeing U.S. companies being excluded from the lucrative European cosmetics market.

    The European Union has in place a safety testing strategy for cosmetics that does not involve animals – almost all of the tests were replaced three years ago – and is being adhered to by some of the biggest cosmetics manufacturers in the world, and some of them have manufacturing operations in the U.S. There is no reason now, that companies in the U.S. cannot adopt the same protocols. It is vital that these tests are adopted in the U.S., to end unnecessary animal testing and to keep U.S. firms competitive in the world’s markets.

    ADI’s partner group, the UK’s National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) ran a 30 year campaign against cosmetic tests, with ADI involved in the campaign for the past 20 years. ADI believes this is not just a victory for ethics but for science, as it has seen the systematic replacement of animal tests with scientifically advanced non-animal alternatives. A series of humane alternative methods were developed, simply because companies were compelled to find them, in the face of upcoming cosmetic testing deadlines set by the European Parliament.

    Jan Creamer, ADI President: “This is an historic victory – an end to horrific and cruel animal tests in Europe, and this perfectly positions the U.S. to move swiftly on this issue. Several other countries have now introduced bans on testing cosmetics on animals, but the European Union really provides the perfect model for the U.S. to follow because it includes an alternative testing strategy for regulators.

    “A huge factor when we were securing the bans on cosmetics testing, first in the UK and then in Europe, was that these tests were unjustified and unnecessary. However, in terms of the safety testing protocols laid down in regulations, this was always complex. People use products such as cosmetics and toiletries over decades, around the eyes and mouth, so they are absorbed and ingested. However, because the European Parliament agreed that it is not necessary to have more and more of these products, they set deadlines for replacement tests to be introduced. That gave industry the incentive to change.”

    “The simple fact is if we can have an effective safety testing strategy that does not use animals for products that are applied to the face and body each day, then we should be preparing to eliminate animal tests in other areas. When we campaigned for the Cosmetics Directive it was met by enormous opposition by animal testing companies, but when they had a deadline and were told they had to do it, they found the humane alternatives.”

    The ADI and NAVS exposed the horrific nature of cosmetics testing, securing images inside animal laboratories, of racks of rabbits restrained in stocks having products dripped into their eyes, and guinea pigs with their backs raw and inflamed after having products applied to their skin.

    For the majority of tests, animals have not been used for cosmetic ingredients in the EU since March 2009. The deadline for the replacement of certain animal tests under the marketing ban was extended to March 2013 in order to allow alternatives to be developed and approved.

    ADI also successfully secured an amendment to the new European Directive on animal experiments, which became law this year, calling for a ‘thematic review’ system of replacement of animal research, with a view to setting targets for replacement of other animal tests in a similar way to the target-setting system within the Cosmetics Directive.

    ADI hopes that progress will be made next to end the use of animals for testing household products

    Animal Defenders International  http://www.ad-international.org

    With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, and educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

    Through its Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research –  www.ldf.org.uk – ADI funds non-animal scientific and medical research including cancer, safety tests and neuroscience.

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    Break the Chain Campaign

    In anticipation of the opening performances of the Shriners Circus this weekend at the Shriners Auditorium in LA, ADI is determined to Break The Chain against attendance at circuses that use live animals. Please pass the word to animal supporters everywhere that a circus is no place for animals. Let people do the entertaining.



    LOS ANGELES, Apr. 8, 2011 – Animal Defenders International (ADI), a leading  global animal protection group, asks Los Angeles residents to ‘Break The Chain’ of animal suffering by not attending the Shrine Circus at the Shrine Auditorium, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles  on Apr. 8-10, 2011. ‘Break The Chain’ aims to raise awareness of the reality of animal suffering in traveling circuses in the U.S.

    Just last weekend, ADI released shocking new undercover footage revealing the terrible suffering of Annie, the UK’s last circus elephant, chained and being repeatedly beaten.  Public outrage led to the circus signing over her ownership in the past few days and Anne is now at a safe place.

    Jan Creamer, President of ADI said: “Annie’s tragic story symbolizes the plight of circus animals and is a shocking indictment of the circus industry. Time and time again, our investigations of these circuses all over the world produce similar evidence of animal abuse, cruelty, and suffering and it’s now time to ‘Break The Chain.’ We are asking audiences to vote with their feet and stay away.

    “Together with local partner organization Orange County People for Animals, ADI’s mission is to stop circus suffering by communicating the behind-the-scenes facts to local communities where traveling circuses hold performances.

    ADI will be handing out “Stop Circus Suffering” leaflets to circus-goers. To join the Shrine Circus leafleting outreach groups for the weekend circus performances, please contact Matt Rossell of ADI at 323-804-9920.

    As the leader of the ‘Break The Chain’ campaign, ADI works with animal rights and welfare organizations across the U.S. to bring awareness on a local grassroots level to the communities in which animal circuses perform. Providing campaign assistance, program guidance and educational materials to local campaigners, ADI also reaches out to local governments to communicate its scientific findings to end circus suffering.

    For more than 18 years, ADI has effectively produced overwhelming evidence of suffering of animals in circuses as a result of extreme confinement, the constant traveling nature of these shows, and cruel training practices. ADI’s groundbreaking two-year undercover investigation on circus cruelty shocked the world, resulting in major changes in the U.S., South America and European countries.

    Courts in many countries have used ADI’s evidence to prosecute offenders while governments have been compelled to change laws in favor of partial or complete bans, such as the recent passing of Bolivian law 4040, which prohibits any and all use of animals in Bolivian circuses.

    Though ADI opposes circuses that utilize animal performers, it remains fully supportive of arts and entertainment and circuses that use only human performers.