Singer-songwriter Joss Stone is the latest celebrity to join Cruelty Free International in its fight against animal testing for cosmetics.
“Thousands of animals continue to die each year for lipstick, toothpaste, fragrance and other products, so it’s crucial that we campaign for a global ban. Cruelty Free International has taken on this challenge and I am pleased to support them, and I urge you all to do the same,” said Stone.
Based in London, Cruelty Free International was established this spring by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) with the goal of bringing pointless animal testing to the attention of governments and regulators around the world in a push for a global ban.
“We are thrilled to have Joss Stone on board and are grateful for her support in helping us with our mission for a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics,” said Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International’s Chief Executive.
The EU banned testing on cosmetics and ingredients in 2009, but around the world tens of thousands of helpless animals are still subjected to sadistically cruel, painful and unnecessary experiments by a number of companies, despite the fact that reliable non-animal alternatives are widely available.
“Incredibly over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel experiments for the sake of beauty. Despite progress with some countries and companies, animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing. In a global market it is important that all countries ban the practice to avoid testing simply moving around the world to those countries with no effective laws,” according to Cruelty Free International.
It’s time for the rest of the world to catch up to countries that have already banned this cruel practice, including Croatia and Norway, which will be joined by Israel in 2015.
If you’re in the market for some new makeup or other products, please look for the Leaping Bunny logo on products to ensure that they are truly cruelty-free and visit Cruelty Free International for more information on the campaign.
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