Today, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and LUSH Cosmetics unveiled Fighting Animal Testing, a new anti-cosmetics animal testing campaign. According to a press release from LUSH, the campaign is the largest of its kind and has launched in 48 countries and over 700 LUSH stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. Along with working with lawmakers, regulators and researchers, the organizations will be encouraging consumers to buy cruelty-free products and sign the campaign petition. Petitions will also be available to sign in person at LUSH locations.
“The beauty industry continues needless animal testing and it’s time for it to stop. Consumers are largely unaware that some shampoos and lipsticks still involve chemical poisoning of animals such as rabbits and mice. Science has moved us beyond this and there is no place for cosmetic testing on animals in modern society,” said Kate Willett, Director of Regulatory Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Alternatives for HSUS.
The organizations emphasize that while U.S. companies must make sure that their cosmetic products are safe to use, U.S. law does not require them to be tested on animals. Europe has already banned animal testing for cosmetics, and a European ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics is expected to begin in 2013.
Brandi Halls, LUSH’s North American Campaign Manager adds, “Animals should not have to rely on voluntary codes of conduct but should be protected by robust laws that force all companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market.”
LUSH, HSUS and HSI state that not only are these animal tests cruel, causing animals to suffer “considerable pain and distress during toxicity tests,” but are also unreliable measures of safety for consumers because humans often respond differently to the same chemicals. They also point out that many of the animals are rodents bred in labs and are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act.
LUSH also states that their products are not tested on animals and the ingredients they buy are from companies that do not commission animal tests. “Our extremely strict policy against animal testing is unique, and we want our peers in the cosmetics industry to adopt the same stance. We encourage you to boycott cosmetics companies that engage in animal testing. As the customer, you have the power to change their policies; you provide the demand, and if enough people speak out, they’ll have to comply in order to retain their business,” says LUSH.
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