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October 1, 2014

TV’s Phoebe Dykstra Asks Politicians to Have a Heart for Animals, Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Star supports #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign for World Animal Day

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Phoebe Dykstra

Phoebe Dykstra, social media personality and former MTV Canada host, has chosen the week of World Animal Day (Oct. 4) to urge Canada to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics. Rabbits are commonly used in cosmetics tests during which they can have chemicals dripped in their eyes and spread on their delicate skin. Such testing is cruel and unnecessary, says Phoebe, who is giving her support to the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign, a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.

To demonstrate her support, Phoebe took to Twitter and Instagram, posting a photo of herself wearing a #BeCrueltyFree t-shirt and bunny ears. She Tweeted: “Canada! Let's be beautiful without hurting bunnies! Ban cosmetics animal testing #BeCrueltyFree."

Phoebe said: “I'm a proud Canadian, but I'm not proud that it's still legal in Canada to test on bunnies and other gentle creatures for cosmetics. Causing animals pain for the sake of a lip-liner or an eye-shadow can never be justified. And that's why so many other countries around the world have banned the practice. I want Canada to be one of them, I want Canada to #BeCrueltyFree!"   

Thanks in large part to #BeCrueltyFree campaigning, animal testing for cosmetics is already banned across the European Union, Norway, Israel and India, and legislative bans have also been proposed in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States. But the practice remains legal in around 80 per cent of countries globally, including Canada.

Aviva Vetter, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaigner, said: “We’re thrilled to have Phoebe’s support for an end to cosmetics cruelty in Canada. She’s the perfect #BeCrueltyFree advocate – she loves make-up but not at the expense of animals. It’s so sad to think that in laboratories around the world and right here in Canada, animals can still suffer for our beauty despite the fact that it’s so easy to produce cosmetics without animal testing. So this World Animal Day #BeCrueltyFree is asking Canada’s politicians to have a heart for animals and ban cosmetics cruelty.”

Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice all endure untold suffering for the beauty industry. Developed in the 1940s, skin and eye irritation tests involve holding rabbits in full body restraints so that chemicals can be applied to their eyes and skin. These tests are notoriously unreliable as well as extremely cruel, causing eye reddening, swelling, ulceration, even blindness, skin cracking and bleeding. Unlike humans, rabbits have no tear ducts so they can't cry out the harmful substances.  

Phoebe joins other celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Leona Lewis who have spoken out against cosmetic animal testing on behalf of #BeCrueltyFree.

Say “no” to cruel cosmetics in Canada by signing the #BeCrueltyFree pledge here.

Media Contacts:
HSI/Canada: Christopher Paré, 514.395.2914, cpare@hsi.org
Animal Alliance: Liz White, 616.462.9541 x23, liz@animalalliance.ca

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