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Animal Testing Banned In All Cosmetics Sold In The European Union

Activists celebrated the implementation of the new regulation on Monday.

Animal rights activists rejoice: A total ban on animal testing by cosmetic companies is now in effect in the European Union. The ban requires that all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU do not use animal testing, even if it's done elsewhere.

European Union countries have banned animal testing since 2009, the BBC points out, but many companies farmed out their animal testing to countries where it is legal. Opponents of the ban say it will make EU companies less competitive in the global market, while proponents that include big names like Paul McCartney are celebrating a move they say is a long time coming.

As CBS News pointed out, customers are unlikely to immediately notice any changes: After all, products currently on shelves are not subject to the ban.

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