Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paul McCartney Wants to End Animal Testing

I've always loved Paul McCartney's music as well as his compassion for animals.  The former Beatle is backing the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International’s “Be Cruelty-Free” campaign, the largest-ever global campaign against cosmetics and personal-product manufacturers from testing their products and ingredients on animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice.

Animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick, hairspray, and moisturizer is banned across the European Union but it’s still permitted in most countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. In regions such as China and parts of South America, such tests are required by law, a fact that has led companies like Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder to ignore more than 20 years of “no animal testing” policies.

McCartney wants to see a world where “no animal has to suffer and die” for the sake of cosmetics.

“The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering,” he says in a statement. “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.”

 Bravo Sir Paul!