Humane Society International, India on Monday claimed the support from Sir Paul McCartney to its campaign to put an end to animal testing for cosmetics worldwide. The organization issued a press release announcing the development.
“The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering. If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf and go for the cruelty-free option instead,” Sir Paul was quoted as saying in the release with an appeal to stand up for defenseless animals by supporting the HSI’s new Be Cruelty-Free global campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics worldwide. “Go online, sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge today and help HSI achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics,” the appeal said.
Animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick, hairspray and moisturizer is banned across the European Union, but permitted in most countries around the world. In India, it is not expressly required by law, but animals continue to be subjected to cosmetics suffering.
In many countries, animals such as rabbits, mice and guinea pigs continue to have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their sensitive skin or injected into their blood. Besides banning the testing, a further ban on the sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals in other parts of the world is due to come into effect from March 2013 in Europe.
“We’re thrilled to have Sir Paul’s support for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign in India because so many consumers are still unaware that animals still suffer for cosmetics testing and that their purchasing choices can make a difference to animals. We hope that people across the globe will join Humane Society International and Sir Paul in our effort to turn the whole world cruelty-free,” said N. G. Jayasimha, India campaign manager for HSI
Be Cruelty-Free has been launched by HSI and its partners in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand and the United States. In India Be Cruelty-Free is co-ordinated by Humane Society International/India and FIAPO.