British cosmetics company The Body Shop has collaborated with animal protection and advocacy group Cruelty Free International to submit a petition opposing animal testing in cosmetics.

The petition has 8.3 million signatures, which have been collected from supporters globally over the last 15 months.

Submitted to the UN Headquarters in New York City, the petition urges the UN to bring a global framework to ban animal testing in cosmetics.

Both companies expect that this campaign will serve as a model for businesses, governments and citizens to act against cosmetics animal testing, as well as support the Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12) for responsible consumption and production.

“In just 15 months, more than 8 million people signed their names in recognition that cosmetic animal testing is outdated and unnecessary.”

The Body Shop’s CEO David Boynton said: “In just 15 months, more than 8 million people signed their names in recognition that cosmetic animal testing is outdated and unnecessary.

“We are determined to finish what Dame Anita Roddick started back in 1989, and today we are at the UN to call for collaboration among the cosmetic industry, civil society and governments to finally end cosmetic animal testing everywhere.”

According to Cruelty Free International, more than 500,000 animals each year are used in cosmetics testing and around 80% of countries globally have not yet imposed a legal ban.

UN Global Compact’s executive director Lise Kingo said: “This initiative shows the potential for brands to engage and mobilise consumers at scale in support of the SDGs, and how real change can be achieved by combining business innovation, enabling policies and consumer power.

“The SDGs are everybody’s business, and we look forward to working with The Body Shop to build and share industry knowledge and insights on how to harness consumers and drive collective action.”