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April 17, 2012

Lush Cosmetics and Humane Society International/Canada Launch Global Campaign To End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Humane Society International/Canada

Montréal — Humane Society International/Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, and LUSH Cosmetics have launched the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in 48 countries and more than 700 LUSH stores in Canada, the United States, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia. HSI also operates a scientific outreach program in other countries where the testing of cosmetics on animals is still required by law.

 Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International, said:

“Animal testing is the ugly secret of the beauty industry, and it’s time for it to stop. Thousands of animals such as rabbits and mice continue to endure chemical poisoning tests just to produce new lipsticks and shampoos, and that’s simply unacceptable in a modern society.”

Such testing is already banned in Europe and a further ban on the sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals in other parts of the world is expected to come into effect in March 2013. Canadian law does not require companies to test cosmetics or their ingredients on animals only to assure that their products are safe for use which can be done using established, safe ingredients and available non-animal test methods. Yet some companies continue to produce new cosmetic ingredients and test them on animals.

HSI offices in Canada, Australia, Europe, India, and the United States are joining with LUSH to end cosmetics cruelty with nationwide consumer campaigns in each region. HSI and Animal Alliance will also be working with politicians, regulators and scientists to press for change. Consumers are being urged to sign national petitions in LUSH stores beginning April 17, and online at hsi.org/becrueltyfree and fightinganimaltesting.com/na, to send a strong message to the Canadian government that animal testing for cosmetics needs to be banned by law.

Brandi Halls, North American campaign manager for LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, said:

“Animals across the globe have waited long enough for legislation to end their cosmetics suffering. Whilst testing bans are not yet in place in every country in the world, companies like LUSH have adopted voluntary codes of practice to cut animal testing from their business. But animals should not have to rely on voluntary codes of conduct; they should be protected by robust laws that force ALL companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market. We know that the public want cosmetics to be cruelty-free so it's time for governments across the globe to take animals out of cosmetics testing.”

LUSH, HSI/Canada and Animal Alliance believe that testing on animals to produce new cosmetic products or ingredients is unjustified. Animals are subjected to considerable pain and distress during toxicity tests; Animal toxicity tests are also scientifically unreliable for assuring human safety because animals and humans can respond very differently to the same chemicals.

Media Contact:

HSI/Canada: Dean Pogas, 514.261.6007/514.395.2914, dpogas@hsi.org

Notes to Editors:

LUSH does not conduct or commission tests on animals and operates a fixed cut-off date for individual ingredients, requiring that they have not been animal tested by or on behalf of a manufacturer since June 1, 2007 at the latest.

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI/Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare, and ending animal testing. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International — one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than eleven million members and constituents globally — on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

Lush: Since establishing 17 years ago, LUSH Cosmetics has been driven by innovation and its ethics. Creators of pioneering beauty products such as the fizzing bath ballistic, shower jellies, solid shampoo bars and Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste. LUSH places emphasis on fresh ingredients like organic fruits and vegetables. LUSH operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives. LUSH leads the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by running public awareness campaigns and developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer without any packaging. LUSH currently has over 800 shops worldwide and are present in over 50 countries, with manufacturing sites across the world. Join LUSH’s fight to end animal testing on the web at fightinganimaltesting.com or find LUSH at lushusa.com.

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