Norman Reedus for Ban on Animal Tests

The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has joined Cruelty Free International to support the organization’s work to ban animal tests for cosmetics in the U.S. and around the world.

“Scores of countries around the world are beating the U.S. to become cruelty-free by banning cosmetics tests on animals. Nobody wants rabbits or guinea-pigs to suffer for our vanity, least of all the animals. Let’s stop their suffering right here, right now. Join me in supporting the Cruelty Free International call to Congress and the FDA to bring an end to animal testing for cosmetics in the U.S.,” said Norman Reedus.

Norman Reedus joins Cruelty Free International celebrity supporters Sir Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, and Global Ambassadors Ricky Gervais and Peter Dinklage.

In March 2013, animal tests were banned for new cosmetics sold in all 28 countries in the European Union including the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France, making it the most rigorous far-reaching animal testing ban in the world.

This significant historical milestone was achieved after over twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV.

Countries around the world are following suit – Israel has a ban on animal tests for cosmetics and India is likely to set down rules banning this cruel practice in the near future.

Despite progress in some areas, over 80% of countries around the world still allow animal tests for cosmetics, including the U.S., Australia, Korea and Japan. Some countries, including China, actually require animal tests before products can be sold there.

In the picture above: The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, pictured with Lola, joins Cruelty Free International call for the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal tests for cosmetics (http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org). Portrait by Leslie Hassler in New York City.

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