In April, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) unveiled a global campaign with LUSH against animal testing for cosmetics.
Now, Paul McCartney has joined the organizations in fighting animal testing worldwide. According to Contactmusic, McCartney is now part of the Be Cruelty-Free Campaign. He says, “The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering. If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf and go for the cruelty-free option instead.”
Humane Society points out that cosmetics animal testing has already been banned in the European Union, and a ban on the import of cosmetics into the EU that have been tested on animals elsewhere is set to come into effect in March 2013. Testing remians legal in most countries around the world including the United States, and is required in some countries like China. Urban Decay recently backed out of plans to sell in China where they would have to test on animals after the public expressed outrage.
“We’re thrilled to have Sir Paul’s support for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign in the United States because so many consumers are still unaware that animals still suffer for cosmetics testing and that their purchasing choices can make a difference to animals. We agree with Sir Paul that if the truth about animal suffering was on the cosmetics label, ethical consumerism would prevail,” said Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for HSI.
McCartney is urging the public to sign a pledge, promising not to buy cosmetics tested on animals. “So, let’s stand up for those defenceless animals by supporting the Humane Society International’s new Be Cruelty-Free global campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics worldwide. Go online, sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge today and help HSI achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.”
You can sign the pledge here: hsi.org/becrueltyfree.