30 March 2011

Stars get ‘inked’ to support campaign against animal testing on cosmetics

Several celebrities have been ‘tattooed’ to show support for the Humane Society International’s Cruelty Free 2013 campaign, which aims to stop the sale of animal tested cosmetics in the European Union.

Rickey Gervais, former Spice Girl Mel C, and “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis have been snapped wearing temporary tattoos showing an ‘End Animal Testing’ logo, to urge consumers to sign the on-line petition.

Animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the EU, but products and ingredients tested on animals in countries like the United States, China and Brazil are still sold there. Thousands of animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice, are subjected to horrifying experiments in the name of beauty - experiments such as the forced swallowing of cosmetic chemicals or having them dripped into their eyes.

A European ban on the sale of animal tested cosmetics was agreed upon 18 years ago to be implemented in 1998 – that date has since been pushed back three times, and now the European Commission is considering further postponement.

"It's shocking to think that behind the glamorous advertising and glossy packaging, there can lurk the ugly truth of chemicals forced down an animal's throat,” said Ricky Gervais. “It would be nice if companies would stop animal testing just because it's the right thing to do. But in reality, for as long as they can sell their products, they're unlikely to change. That's why I've signed HSI's Cruelty-Free 2013 petition calling for the sale of animal-tested cosmetics to be banned in the EU without delay."

Mel C added, "I believe we should always strive for beauty without cruelty to animals. A new shade of lip gloss or a different scented moisturizer just isn't worth an animal's life, let alone the lives of thousands of animals still subjected to painful testing around the world. EU politicians promised to ban animal-tested cosmetics from shop shelves come 2013, so let's hold them to that promise.”

Leona Lewis concluded by saying, “It's upsetting to think that right now thousands of animals are enduring painful tests for cosmetics that could end up being sold on EU shop shelves. So I'm sending a plea to EU politicians to have a heart for animals by keeping their promise to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in 2013. If companies can't sell their products, they'll stop animal testing, and we'll be one stop closer to the whole world being cruelty-free."

To sign the petition urging EU to keep to their deadline, please visit the HIS website here.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: HSI