The fauna are rejoicing all throughout the European Union as the projected ban on animal-tested cosmetics takes effect today. Even though this has been the projected date of the official ban since 2009, many cosmetic companies expected a delay or reprieve to occur. However, earlier this year a letter from the EU health commissioner, Tonio Borg, promised the date would stand. "I believe that the ban should enter into force in March 2013 as Parliament and Council have already decided. I am therefore not planning to propose a postponement or derogation to the ban," Borg wrote to animal-testing campaigners. Under the new legislation, any new cosmetic products are outlawed if tested on animals.
It seems the animal-testing policies will be under fire this year in many other countries, too. On Jan. 1, a similar law took effect in India. Israel also made it illegal to market, import, or sell animal-tested products this month. "This great achievement in Europe is only the closure of one chapter," said Paul McGreevy, international values director at The Body Shop. "The future of beauty must be cruelty free." Will the United States be a part of chapter two?