March of this year saw an amazing victory for animal rights activists and animal lovers everywhere as the 28 European Union countries joined together to ban animal testing on all cosmetics sold within their collective boarders. In a following press release, the EU clearly expressed hope that other countries would follow in its footsteps and many, including Israel and India, have commit to doing so.
Now, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is calling for America to join in the cruelty free movement and work towards a total ban on animal testing. Reedus said “[s]cores of countries around the world are beating the U.S. to become cruelty-free by banning cosmetics tests on animals. Nobody wants rabbits or guinea-pigs to suffer for our vanity, least of all the animals. Let’s stop their suffering right here, right now.”
To do this, the actor is teaming up with Cruelty Free International, an organization that has been campaigning for animal rights for over twenty years and is backed by celebrity supporters Sir Paul McCartney, Joss Stone and Global Ambassadors Ricky Gervais and Peter Dinklage. Although the recent EU ban on animal testing was a milestone victory for the organization, animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in 80% of the world’s countries and there is much work left ahead.
Cruelty Free International’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said “[w]e are delighted that Norman has joined our mission to end cosmetic tests on animals worldwide. Norman is using his voice on behalf of countless animals who suffer in laboratories in cruel and outdated tests for consumer products. It is vitally important that the U.S. move with the times and protect animals from unnecessary tests by embracing modern, non-animal science.”
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