Every animal lover looked at Europe as a beacon of what could be when the EU implemented its ban on cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Now that Europe is covered, advocates want to take the movement worldwide.
Sir Paul McCartney is speaking out on behalf of Cruelty Free International (BUAV) to advocate for a much broader ban. The Beatle said, “I have supported Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the Buav over the years with its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals. I am so proud to be part of this historic event and congratulate Cruelty Free International for succeeding in taking the cruelty out of beauty across the European Union.
“Together we have made a huge difference, yet animals continue to suffer because over 80% of the world still allows cosmetics testing on animals. I am now supporting Cruelty Free International with its campaign to seek a global ban to ensure that animals do not suffer for the sake of beauty anywhere in the world.”
BUAV notes on their website that over 80% of countries, including the USA, Australia, Korea, Japan and India, still allow animal testing for cosmetics. In the USA, testing is optional and up to the companies, but in countries like China, testing is mandatory for a product to be sold there. And with huge potential customers in China, many companies outside of China choose to keep testing even though it’s unnecessary for the safety of their products and cruel to animals.
McCartney isn’t alone in his mission. Joss Stone, Peter Dinklage and Ricky Gervais have also spoken out against animal testing. While a worldwide ban may seem like a lofty and impossible goal, Europe has proved to us that countries can come together to make an ethical decision for animals.