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The ECEAE was founded in 1990 by a group of animal protection organisations from across Europe who wanted to see an end to cosmetics testing on animals.

Realising that the best way to achieve this was by working together at a European level, our collective efforts successfully achieved a Europe-wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics . Crucially, we were also able to ensure that the ban included marketing cosmetics which are tested on animals outside the EU.

Twenty five years on, the ECEAE continues to lead the campaign against animal experiments in Europe.


  • We persuaded the European Chemicals Agency to order companies to avoid duplicate testing, saving millions of animals in the REACH chemicals testing programme We persuaded the European Medicines Agency to end a test that was costing the lives of 50,000 animals a year
  • We run the Leaping Bunny certification programme, the only independently audited confirmation that companies are cruelty free
  • We have exposed the international primate trade and have persuaded many of the world’s major airlines to refuse to transport primates

Creating change

However, with a staggering 12 million animals used in EU research every year, there is still much for us to do. We believe that it is possible to create a world without animal experiments, and will work tirelessly until no more animals are made to suffer in cruel and painful tests. If you agree that animals deserve better, please consider supporting us today.

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