NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cruelty Free International has launched a major global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics in style. A flash mob organised by the animal welfare organisation took place outside the United Nations headquarters in New York this week calling on the intergovernmental body to adopt an international convention to end animal testing for cosmetics around the world.
The non-profit is asking the General Secretary of the UN Antonio Guterres to help establish one set of rules worldwide in the interests of animals, consumers and industry. To launch the global campaign, unsuspecting bystanders outside the UN's New York building were treated to a performance featuring dancers, acrobats and jugglers in full bunny costume, while demonstrators held placards urging decision-makers to unite for cruelty free cosmetics.
Whilst the EU, Israel, India and New Zealand have set an example by banning cruel cosmetics tests, current rules are patchwork with different regulations in different places. Momentum is growing as countries increasingly support effective non-animal alternatives and move towards ending cosmetics animal testing, but the outdated practice still takes place in some countries. A global ban would end decades of animal suffering, create a level playing field for companies and prevent animal testing from moving between countries.
Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International CEO said, "It's time for clear global leadership. We're asking the UN to take decisive action and adopt an international convention that puts in place one set of harmonised rules which end outdated, cruel animal testing for cosmetics forever."
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Cruelty Free International is one of the world's longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations. It is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for advice or expert opinion. It was the first major non-profit organisation to campaign against animal testing for cosmetics, dating back to the 1970s. Leading the 20-year campaign to ban cruel cosmetics in the EU, it has influenced bans in countries including New Zealand, India and South Korea.
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