Jean believes there are no circumstances in which it is acceptable to ‘use’ animals in scientific research, either in the medicine or cosmetics industries, and she has always pushed this position at the European Parliament.
Thanks, in part, to Greens in the European Parliament a ban on cosmetics developed through animal testing has taken effect in the EU. The ban applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals was carried out.
The ban comes after Green MEPs worked tirelessly to roll out cruelty free cosmetics across the continent.
While the cosmetic testing ban is a big step forward, Jean has continued to promote an end to the use of animals in research. As part of their work the MEPs have promoted a million-strong European Citizens Initiative calling for an end to vivisection across Europe.