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April 17, 2012

Lush Cosmetics and HSl/Europe Launch Global Campaign To End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Humane Society International/Europe

  • Lush and HSI launch global campaign. iStock

London—Humane Society International/Europe 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 across the European Union, United States, Canada, 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/Europe, 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.”

Across the UK and European Union, where animal testing of cosmetics is already banned, Lush and Humane Society International are campaigning to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals abroad. A sales ban is due to be implemented in March 2013, but the European Commission is currently considering delaying it or creating a loophole for companies, so consumers are being urged to sign HSI/Europe’s CrueltyFree2013 petition in Lush stores and online.

Outside the EU, animal testing for cosmetics continues and is even a legal requirement in some countries. HSI affiliates in Australia, Canada, India and the United States are joining with Lush to end cosmetics cruelty with nationwide consumer campaigns in each region. HSI will also be working with politicians, regulators and scientists to press for change.

Hilary Jones, ethics director at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, said:
“The animals have waited over 20 years for this legislation to be fully enacted. Whilst the laws were not strong enough, 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 which force ALL companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market. The public demanded this legislation in the 80s and 90s – it is time to honour the promise given to them to take animals out of cosmetics testing.”

Lush and Humane Society International 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.

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Media Contact: Wendy Higgins, +44(0)7989 972 423, whiggins@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 1st June 2007 at the latest.

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 has been awarded the RSPCA Good Business Award for 2006 and 2007, the 2006 PETA Trailblazer Award for Animal Welfare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare ‘Business of the Year’ award for 2010. Co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine were awarded OBEs for services to the beauty industry in the New Year’s honours list 2010. Lush currently has over 800 shops worldwide and are present in over 50 countries, with manufacturing sites across the world.

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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 and hsi.org/issues/cosmetic_product_testing/.

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