Anthony Armentano, Global Animal
Forget the British Invasion—Sir Paul McCartney hopes to be on the forefront of yet another globe sweeping movement.
Ever since the European Union banned cosmetic testing on animals a few months ago, animal rights advocates are wishing for the rest of the world to follow in the EU’s footsteps. Together with Cruelty Free International (BUAV), Sir Paul is promoting the worldwide adoption of an animal testing ban.
The former Beatles member is no stranger to animal rights, and said, “I have supported Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV over the years with its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals. I am so proud to be part of this historic event and congratulate Cruelty Free International for succeeding in taking the cruelty out of beauty across the European Union.”
Although the EU’s decision has been a major step forward, McCartney and the BUAV have a daunting task ahead of them.
On their website, the BUAV points out cosmetic testing on animals is still legal in over 80 percent of countries all over the world, including the USA, Australia, and Japan. Their goal seems realistic for countries like the USA, where animal testing is optional and decided on by companies on an individual basis.
However, in countries like China, animal testing is obligatory and a product cannot be sold there without it. China’s policy creates a challenging objective for the BUAV, because a number of international companies choose to keep animal testing due to the desire to sell their products in China.
Sir Paul and the BUAV may have a tough road ahead, but their goals are far from impossible. As advocates continue to speak out against cosmetic testing, hopefully the world will continue to listen. The European Union’s decision could just very well be the first of many. So, cheers to Sir Paul, the BUAV, and to a better future for animals worldwide.