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May 24, 2011

Mary McCartney and Dame Judi Dench Join Call to Ban Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Europe

Humane Society International/Europe

  • Dame Judi Dench. Andrew Zuckerman

LONDON—Mary McCartney and Dame Judi Dench are the latest stars to sign the Cruelty-Free 2013 petition calling on European Union politicians to honour their pledge to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics [1]. The petition by Humane Society International/Europe [2] has also been signed by Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais and "Sporty Spice" Melanie C [3], as well as nearly 50,000 compassionate consumers.

Mary McCartney said:

"Subjecting animals to pain and suffering just so that we can produce a new shade of lipstick or eyeshadow is simply cruel and unnecessary in this day and age. EU politicians promised to ban the sale of cruelly-tested cosmetics by 2013 and I sincerely believe they should honour that ethical pledge.”

Dame Judi said:

“Using animals to test cosmetics is cruel and should be stopped. These days there are other means of testing which do not involve animal suffering. I totally support a sales ban and urge EU politicians to keep their promise to help stop this practice by 2013.”

Animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the UK and EU, but products and ingredients tested on animals in countries such as Brazil, Canada, China and the United States can still be sold in EU shops.

A European Union-wide ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics is due to come into force in March 2013, and could be a major step toward a global end to cosmetics animal testing. However, in the face of the 2013 deadline, and an imminent requirement on the European Commission to propose legislation to either retain or delay the sales ban [4], the lives of thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals hang in the balance.

Please join Mary, Dame Judi, Leona, Ricky, Melanie and thousands of caring consumers by signing HSI UK’s CrueltyFree2013 petition today.

HSI UK endorses the international"‘Leaping Bunny" cruelty-free standard. Approved brands are independently audited to guarantee no animal testing and include Urban Decay, Montagne Jeunesse, BullDog Natural Skincare, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Superdrug. To shop cruelty-free, use the Leaping Bunny Compassionate Shopping Guide [PDF].


Notes to Editors:

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

2. 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.

3. Print-quality photographs of Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais and Melanie C wearing HSI’s End Animal Testing tattoos are available by contacting HSI.

4. 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.