The biggest ever animal related petition has been taken to the United Nations in New York.
Organised by Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop, 8.3 million signatures against cosmetic animal testing have been collected globally.
Campaigners want to create a global framework to end cosmetic animal testing in line with Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Harmonising safety testing requirements globally would also allow companies to avoid unnecessary bureaucracy and test duplication when accessing international markets.
In 80 per cent of the world there are still no laws against the testing of cosmetics on animals. A Europe-wide ban celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and other nations including Turkey, India and New Zealand have also gone cruelty free.
Speaking at a meeting in New York Labour MEP Alex Mayer said: “Wow, what an achievement. 8 million signatures sends a really powerful message and I’d like to thank the countless shoppers from across the UK who’ve added their names and made this possible.
“Today we are saying loud and clear it is time for the UN to take action for a worldwide ban to end cosmetic testing on animals always and forever.”
Work will now continue to persuade the UN missions of more nations to support international action.