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Cosmetic Surgery

by | 19th, August 2003

‘THE British, as we know, love their animals. We love them so much, in fact, that we spend our weekends chasing them round the countryside.But other countries – shame on them! – do not share our love for our furry friends.

The Guardian reports this morning that our old friends, the French, are trying to block an EU law that would ban animals being used to test cosmetics.

(The Telegraph reports that the French are also trying to block Britain’s deal with Libya over the Lockerbie bombing, but that’s a story for another day.)

After 13 years of negotiation, the EU legislation would phase in a near total ban on cosmetic products that had been tested on animals from 2009 and ban animal testing altogether.

“It has,” says the Guardian, “been hailed as one of the most significant pieces of EU legislation on animal welfare.”

However, the French have lodged a court challenge, arguing that the ban should be quashed on legal and technical grounds and that they should be able to carry on dressing their dogs up in lipstick and eyeliner as they do now.

It is, of course, a remarkable coincidence that France is home to L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetic company.

“Because they’re not worth it,” as the company says about the 38,000 animals who die each year in the EU developing cosmetics.’

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