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Animal testing is an ugly business, especially when animals - like rabbits, mice and guinea pigs - are blinded and poisoned just to test a new lipstick or shampoo. The European Union promised that from 2013, the sale of animal-tested cosmetics would be banned, meaning the EU would become the world's first cruelty-free zone. An EU sales ban would also force companies around the world to stop animal testing or have their products removed from EU shop shelves. However, now EU decision-makers are looking to delay the ban by up to 10 years, meaning more unnecessary animal testing. Humane Society International is encouraging people to sign the Cruelty-Free 2013 petition calling for an end to animal-tested cosmetics.
“X Factor” winner Leona Lewis, comedian Ricky Gervais and former Spice Girl Melanie C have joined Humane Society International’s Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union. In a set of stunning shots by top celebrity photographers Ray Burmiston and Christopher Ameruoso, the stars have sported temporary tattoos with an ‘End Animal Testing’ message to urge consumers to sign HSI’s on-line petition.
Ricky Gervais says: "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. 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.”
Keywords: Animal Experimentation, Animal Testing, Animals & Research, Cosmetic and Product Testing, Pain and Distress in Research Animals, Celebrities, Humane Society International