Essex MEP Alex Mayer joined Braintree shoppers as they called for a global ban on testing cosmetics on animals this Friday
The local Labour MEP is backing the Body Shop’s campaign calling for the United Nations to adopt an international convention that will end animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients across the world by 2020.
Ms Mayer spoke to Store Manager Leanne Clarke and assistant manager Cerys Ede who explained that they have already collected hundreds of signatures on a petition in the local store since the start of the campaign 2 weeks ago, before encouraging more shoppers to add their names too.
Cosmetics testing on animals has been banned across Europe since 2003, but despite the widely available alternatives to animal testing around today, there are still no laws banning animal testing on cosmetic products and ingredients in 80% of the world.
The Body Shop are aiming to get 8 million signatures on their petition.
Ms. Mayer, who is a member of the cross-party European Animal Welfare Group said: “Britain is a nation of animal lovers, so I am sure everyone in Braintree will want to get behind this campaign.
“Animal testing on products and ingredients is outdated, cruel and unnecessary but sadly over 500,000 animals are used by the cosmetics industry every year. It is time that we stood up for the animals that can’t stand up for themselves and end animal testing for good. So let’s make sure the Body Shop’s campaign is a success - that will make me a happy bunny!”
Local people can sign the petition at the Body Shop or online at: https://e-activist.com/page/9704/petition/1