Thursday, March 31, 2011

Comedian Gets Serious about Animal Testing

Comedian Ricky Gervais along with “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis,and former Spice Girl Melanie C have joined Humane Society International’s Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union. (They all sported temporary tattoo's for a photo shoot depicting a rabbit stating "End Animal Testing") Fortunately, animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the EU, but products and ingredients tested on animals in countries such as the United States, China and Brazil continue to be sold in EU shops. Thousands of animals—such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice are subjected to cruel and inhumane product testing.

Ricky Gervais gets serious about this issue when he says: "It’s shocking to think that behind the glamorous advertising and glossy packaging, there can lurk the ugly truth of chemicals forced down an animal’s throat. It would be nice if companies would stop animal testing just because it’s the right thing to do. But in reality, for as long as they can sell their products, they’re unlikely to change. That’s why I’ve signed HSI’s Cruelty-Free 2013 petition calling for the sale of animal-tested cosmetics to be banned in the EU without delay.” Photo: HSI