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March 30, 2011

Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais and Spice Girl Melanie C Get 'Tattooed' for HSI's Campaign to End Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Humane Society International/Europe

 

“X Factor” winner Leona Lewis, comedian Ricky Gervais and former Spice Girl Melanie C have joined Humane Society International’s [1] Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union. In a set of stunning shots by top celebrity photographers Ray Burmiston and Christopher Ameruoso, the stars have sported temporary tattoos with an ‘End Animal Testing’ message to urge consumers to sign HSI’s on-line petition. Photos from the shoots are available for media download.

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 experiments including being forced to swallow cosmetic chemicals or have them dripped into their eyes.

A Europe-wide ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics agreed 18 years ago under the Cosmetics Directive was originally due to be implemented in 1998 [2]. It has since been pushed back three times—to 2000, 2002 and 2013—and now the European Commission is considering further postponement [3].

Leona Lewis says:

“It’s upsetting to think that right now thousands of animals are enduring painful tests for cosmetics that could end up being sold on EU shop shelves. So I’m sending a plea to EU politicians to have a heart for animals by keeping their promise to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in 2013. If companies can’t sell their products, they’ll stop animal testing, and we’ll be one stop closer to the whole world being cruelty-free.”

Ricky Gervais 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.”

Melanie C says:

“I believe we should always strive for beauty without cruelty to animals. A new shade of lip gloss or a different scented moisturiser just isn’t worth an animal’s life, let alone the lives of thousands of animals still subjected to painful testing around the world. EU politicians promised to ban animal-tested cosmetics from shop shelves come 2013, so let’s hold them to that promise. Sign HSI’s petition and let’s kiss goodbye cosmetics animal testing once and for all.”

HSI believes compassionate consumers have waited long enough for EU shop shelves to be cruelty-free and is asking consumers to sign its on-line petition at hsi.org/crueltyfree2013. So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed, calling for the sales ban to be implemented without delay. The petition will be handed in to Brussels officials later this year.

Humane Society International, through its United States affiliate, is a member of the Leaping Bunny programme [4], an internationally recognised cruelty-free standard for cosmetic, personal care and household products. Leaping Bunny approved brands include Urban Decay, Montagne Jeunesse, BullDog Natural Skincare and L’Occitane, as well as high-street stores Marks & Spencer, Superdrug and Argos. All approved companies are independently audited to prove they don’t test on animals nor buy ingredients animal tested after a fixed cut-off date.

ENDS

For high-resolution, print-quality images, contact Wendy Higgins.

Notes to Editors:

1. Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsieurope.org.

2. The EU sales ban was introduced as part of the 7th Amendment to the EU Cosmetics Directive.

3. If the European Commission puts forward a proposal to amend the Cosmetics Directive, the European Parliament and Council will debate the issue before deciding whether to maintain or delay the 2013 ban.

4. The Leaping Bunny programme is online at leapingbunny.org.