Leona Lewis isn’t sending out the traditional “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day card this year, but one regarding the ban on animals used for cosmetic testing.
A passionate animal activist, Lewis sent a Valentine’s card to the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dali, requesting his support for the Humane Society International’s CrueltyFree2013 initiative against animal testing.
In the letter she says, “Like most girls, I love make-up, but my ethical principles are also very important to me. No new lipstick, eye-liner or other cosmetics ingredient can ever be worth the suffering and death of defenseless animals forced to endure painful toxicity tests.”
She went on to say, “These gentle animals are killed by the hundreds in some tests, despite the fact that manufacturing products free of new animal testing is perfectly possible through the use of thousands of existing, safe ingredients. Animals have suffered enough – if their pain has been deemed immoral within the EU, it must also be immoral outside the EU. To trade in their pain would be hypocrisy.”
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of the 26-year-old singer, since she’s been advocating on behalf of animals for a very long time. She recently participated in the Collars Not Cruelty campaign, where she promoted vaccinations and having dogs wear red collars to show others they don’t have rabies.
Other stars who have joined the campaign against animal testing with Lewis include Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Roger Moore.
It’s no wonder Lewis and her fellow celebs are coming together for the fight. In 2009 the European Union banned testing cosmetics on animals, but products and ingredients can still be tested on animals in other countries and then sold in European stores.