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March 26, 2012

X Factor’s Louis Walsh Joins HSI Campaign To End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Humane Society International/Europe

  • Louis Walsh supports HSI's campaign

London—X Factor judge and music manager Louis Walsh is the latest celebrity to speak out against testing cosmetics on animals as part of HSI’s star-studded CrueltyFree2013 campaign.

Louis joins stars such as Leona Lewis, Sir Roger Moore, Ke$ha, Ricky Gervais, Melanie C, Dame Judi Dench and Mary McCartney in signing HSI’s petition to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in Europe. More than 142,000 consumers have also signed the petition. With a ban in place, any cosmetics tested on animals after 2013 would be banned from EU shop shelves. 

Louis Walsh said:
“Animal testing is the ugly face of the beauty industry and I want it to stop, now! Animals deserve our respect and compassion, and as they can't speak up for themselves I'm speaking up for them by signing Humane Society International's CrueltyFree2013 petition for an end to animal-tested cosmetics. Let's take the cruelty out of beauty.”

Animal testing for cosmetics is banned across the UK and European Union, but ingredients can still be tested on animals in other countries such as Brazil, China, Canada and the United States and then sold in EU shops. Animals can have chemicals forced down their throat, dripped in their eyes and applied to their skin. Sometimes pregnant females and their unborn babies are exposed to cosmetic chemicals.   

A ban on selling these animal-tested cosmetics is due to come into force in March 2013 and would act as a major financial incentive for companies to kick their animal testing habit. However, the European Commission is now considering a proposal that would give cosmetic companies a loophole to continue profiting from animal suffering.

Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for HSI/Europe, said:
“It is shameful that in laboratories around the world animals are still suffering to produce new lipsticks and face creams sold in Europe’s shops. So we’re delighted that Louis Walsh has joined Humane Society International in calling for an end to the cruelty. Caring consumers have waited long enough, they want shop shelves to be cruelty-free by 2013 so it’s time for EU policy-makers to honour their pledge.”

HSI supports the international Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard. Companies that carry the Leaping Bunny logo are subject to independent audits to guarantee no animal testing, and include Urban Decay, Montagne Jeunesse, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and the Co-operative. To shop cruelty-free, download our Leaping Bunny Compassionate Shopping Guide.

To join Louis and sign the CrueltyFree2013 petition, go to www.hsi.org/crueltyfree2013

ENDS

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

Notes to Editors:

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

2. The European Commission is expected to put forward a legislative proposal by summer 2012, either to maintain or delay the 2013 ban. The European Parliament and Council will then debate and vote on the proposal.

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Humane Society International/Europe 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.