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Ricky Gervais angered by cosmetics animal testing in China, praises Urban DecayRicky Gervais angered by cosmetics animal testing in China, praises Urban Decay

Ricky Gervais: China Profits Not Worth Cruel Cosmetics

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Comedian and activist Ricky Gervais is taking seriously the news that several previously animal testing-free cosmetics giants have resumed the practice in order to tap Chinese markets. Selling makeup in China, which requires cosmetics to have been tested on rabbits, could bring Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder huge profits, but Gervais maintains that “ethical principles shouldn’t be up for sale.”

Gervais, a vocal supporter of Cruelty Free International, is working with Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign in the fight to ban animal testing. He expressed his distress that in China,  “By law, rabbits must have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes or spread over their sensitive skin, causing sores and bleeding, “ saying that it makes him “particularly angry that some previously cruelty-free companies are abandoning their principles and returning to animal testing in order to profit from the Chinese market,” which is “worth billions of dollars.”

But, continued Gervais, “You cannot put a price on morality and compassion.”

Urban Decay got that message; after customer backlash, the company, which had previously decided to abandon its cruelty-free practices in order to launch in China, decided to maintain its ethical stance at the cost of profit. Gervais called Urban Decay’s actions “a very public U-turn […that] has sent a very powerful message to the rest of the industry — you don’t have to sell your soul in order to be a globally successful cosmetics brand.”

He added that “it’s no coincidence that this new energy towards alternatives has happened under the spotlight of consumer criticism. Compassionate consumers have a powerful voice and we can speak up for those animals in labs who cannot be heard. So make your voice count, sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge and help Humane Society International achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.”

Join Gervais by watching out for statements that begin with “…does not test on animals” but end with “except when required by law.” Those “exceptions” contain a lot of cruelty.

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  • What is wrong with these companies? They already have status as Business Giants why are they being so greedy? What being a successful company doesn’t bring you shitload of money? You are worth BILLIONS use that to SAVE THE ANIMALS not torture them!

  • Matthew

    You’ve got to fix that link to the Cruelty-free pledge!

  • Linda Weiland

    To hell with China. With very few exceptions, the Chinese have absolutly no regard or compassion for animals, only for the $$ that can be made from them. If that includes horrible suffering on the part of the animal, so be it. These people BAKE DOGS ALIVE, because “They taste better because of the adrenaline and fear”. It’s a sick society, Why would anyone want to do business with them, either exporting goods from China, or buying from them.

  • apureabundance.com

    Products I will never use again.

  • Sarah Turner

    Ricky Gervais is an amazing man for standing up and saying what is very clearly correct. These companies like Avon have no morals at all!!!

  • Buffy

    I hate China and hardly buy goods from that country.I cant tolerate wicked cruel people who abuse animals and make them suffer. Long journeys no food or water .China is a sick country with no compassion for anything. Look how they treat and bring up the young ones training hard to win olympic gold from an early age. Speaks for itself!

  • Kathi

    I find it troubling that Ellen DeGeneres is a vegan and yet takes money from Cover Girl, who tests on animals. I used to watch her show, but now I just can’t. With her money and influence, why isn’t she trying to get them to stop, not taking their money while they continue the abuse.

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