Animal testing for cosmetic products
The issue on animal testing for cosmetic products is a prime example of how the U.S. government and a transatlantic business community keen to defend the status quo found the European Parliament a tough nut to crack. Vera Rogiers (2008: 6) argues that “[s]ince the cosmetic field is often seen as a luxury area, posing no health benefits, being innocuous and not needing any innovation, it turned out to be a fruitful battlefield for animal protection organizations, politicians and Parliament lobbyists to introduce an animal testing ban.” At stake, however, were $2 billion annual U.S. cosmetic exports to the EU and sales of Europe’s €58 billion cosmetics, toiletry, and perfumery industry.
KeywordsWorld Trade Organisation Cosmetic Product Commission Proposal Commission Official World Trade Organisation Rule
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