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April 24, 2012

Help Us End Animal Testing for Cosmetics Worldwide

Was the shampoo you used this morning tested on rabbits or other animals? What about your lipstick?

Wouldn’t it be nice to shop care-free, knowing that every cosmetic product produced and sold—not only in the United States, but globally—was made without subjecting animals to cruel testing methods that cause them pain and suffering?

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This desire may soon become reality, with the fight to end cosmetics testing on animals going global like never before. The HSUS and Humane Society International—with its offices in Australia, Canada, Europe, and India as well as outreach programs in several developing cosmetics markets—just launched the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest-ever worldwide effort to stamp out animal testing for beauty products.

The campaign calls on consumers, legislators, and companies around the globe to join forces to end the use of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals in painful tests to assess the safety of cosmetic ingredients and finished products.

While hundreds of companies have already gone cruelty-free, others continue to test cosmetic ingredients on animals. Different countries have different laws on testing of cosmetics. U.S. law does not require companies to test ingredients used in cosmetics or their ingredients on animals—it only requires them to ensure that products are safe and free of harmful contaminants. Testing cosmetics on animals is already banned in the European Union, and a further EU ban on selling cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other parts of the world will take effect in March 2013.

To make cruelty-free cosmetics, companies can choose from thousands of established cosmetic ingredients that have already been proven to be safe. For new ingredients, there are an increasing number of non-animal tests available, and they’re almost always quicker, cheaper, and more accurate than conventional animal testing, which many experts consider a scientifically unreliable way to test products, since animals and humans can respond very differently to the same chemicals.

Please take action by signing our petition to end cosmetics testing in the U.S. and to stop the sale of beauty products tested on animals at humanesociety.org/becrueltyfree. If you live outside the U.S., sign our international petition at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

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