France loses appeal against animal testing ban

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

LUXEMBOURG, May 24 (AFP) - Europe's highest court upheld on Tuesday a progressive ban on animal testing of cosmetics despite an appeal by France to have it partially annulled.

LUXEMBOURG, May 24 (AFP) - Europe's highest court upheld on Tuesday a progressive ban on animal testing of cosmetics despite an appeal by France to have it partially annulled.

France appealed because it said the measure, which would see the end of cosmetics tested on animals in the European Union by 2009, violated the right to "freely undertake a professional activity" and was too open to misinterpretation.

But the European Court of Justice ruled that "the partial annulment sought would have the effect of altering the substance of the measure in question."

The court said in a statement that accepting the French appeal "would substantively alter the provisions relating to testing on animals for the purpose of developing cosmetic products."

France has one of Europe's biggest cosmetics industries with major brands such as LOreal, Guerlain, Clarins, Givenchy and Christian Dior.

According to the French animal rights group One Voice, France has for several years been the European country which has conducted the most animal tests on cosmetic products and ingredients.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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