Under European law, animals are used to test the safety of chemicals found in products we all use.
European legislation demands the results of animal tests to determine the health effects and environmental hazards of large numbers of chemicals. If companies don't already have that data, they have to perform new animal tests.
We have campaigned against the European Chemical Agency's REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation since before it became law, because, like many of the animal protection groups, we were very concerned at the huge increase in animal testing that it would cause.
Despite the concerns, it passed into law in 2007 and is currently being rolled out across Europe. Here we try to explain why we are so worried about REACH animal testing and why consumers should be aware of this largely unknown legislation.