EU moving to eliminate animal testing

Brussels, Belgium
June 21, 2006
 The European Union is considering how to phase out animal testing.

The European Commission and the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries have presented a new plan to voluntarily reduce and eventually replace the need for animal testing. The plan also sets standards for cosmetic makers who want to use the label "not tested on animals."

The EU commissioner for science and research says animal rights are "very close to the hearts of Europeans." And he says officials want to take advantage of research to offer consumers a greater choice of products that aren't tested on animals.

Johnson and Johnson and L'Oreal are among the companies that have already signed on.