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March 13, 2013

Singer Janie Christensen Donates Use of Song “Pretty”

Song Supports HSI’s Campaign to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Humane Society International

  • The song is an anthem for compassion towards other creatures. Igor Byrko/iStock

LONDON—New York songwriter Janie Christensen has recorded “Pretty,” a song about the cruelty of cosmetics testing on animals, and donated its use to Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign.

The campaign is the largest global effort to end animal testing for beauty products such as lipstick and shampoo, with advocates lobbying for an end to the suffering in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, the United States and beyond. HSI’s global Be Cruelty-Free Week through March17 seeks to raise awareness about cosmetics testing on animals, and this year it coincides with the implementation of a Europe-wide ban on selling newly animal-tested cosmetics.

“I wrote ‘Pretty’ to express how I feel about animal testing and to speak for the animals who can’t speak for themselves,” said Christensen. “These poor creatures are suffering in laboratories hidden from view or even thousands of miles away in another country. All we see are the glamorous advertisements and elegant packaging, but behind all that can be the pain and distress of hundreds of animals. I don’t have any desire to tell people what to do; I only hope to make people think and that’s why I support Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign. I’m always impressed by HSI’s depth of commitment to end animal suffering and its global reach to engage with companies and policymakers around the world to end cosmetics cruelty once and for all.”

“Pretty” can be downloaded at http://janiechristensen.bandcamp.com/track/pretty

“Janie’s lyrics capture perfectly the spirit of Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign,” says Troy Seidle, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign director. “The song is an anthem for compassion towards other creatures whose suffering for cosmetics is unnecessary and unethical. We are very grateful to Janie for allowing us to use this beautiful and haunting song to help raise awareness about cosmetics animal testing and inspire people to join our campaign.”

Christensen added that she hopes the song will raise awareness and move people to take action to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry, and she's donating the song to support HSI's work to make that happen.

‘Pretty’ lyrics verse 2:

Field to the lab
The bottle, the ad
Hidden behind
The bright clever lines
An image so sad
Can we stand by
And never ask why
These innocent beings
Must suffer and die

Chorus:

So that we can be pretty
So that we can be pretty
So that we can be pretty
And smile in the mirror
For all of our days.

© 2012 by Janie Christensen

Although banned across the European Union, in many parts of the world animal testing for cosmetics continues, and is even required by law in countries like China and Brazil. Rabbits, guinea pigs and mice are commonly used; animals have cosmetic chemicals dripped into their eyes, lathered on their shaved skin or force fed down their throat.

Sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge to end the suffering at hsi.org/becrueltyfree

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Media Contact: Wendy Higgins, +44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org

Notes:

Janie Christensen was born in Paris, France to American par¬ents, with French, English and Scandinavian her¬itage. Given a guitar by her grandfather when she was 12, Janie began songwriting, interpreting the world through words and music. Janie and her husband, guitarist Angelo Ficara, now live in an old farmhouse just outside New York where they write and record from their private studio. Janie’s debut CD is called “Painted Birds.”

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at hsi.org.

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