(ANIMAL TESTING/ACTIVISM) In Cruelty-Free International’s latest celebrity endorsement, Footloose star Lori Singer is urging the U.S. to ban cosmetic animal testing.

The actress, best known for her role in the 1984 film as Ariel Moore, joins the ranks of celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Peter Dinklage, Norman Reedus, and Joss Stone to help put an end to cosmetic animal testing.

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Lori Singer, star of the original Footloose movie, joins Cruelty-Free International in the fight against animal testing. Photo Credit: Cruelty-Free International

Lori Singer said in a statement:

I’m behind the work of Cruelty Free International to ensure that animals don’t suffer for our cosmetics.”

In March 2013, the European Union (EU) put a ban on animal testing on new cosmetic products, which is the most extensive ban on animal testing in the world.

Cruelty-Free International’s co-founding organization, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), campaigned for over twenty years to make this milestone happen, and many countries have followed suit.

Israel now has a ban on animal tests for cosmetics, and India is likely to soon put this ban into effect, as well.

Earlier in 2013, Cruelty-Free International reported China would finally allow companies to sell their products in their country without using animals to test their products.

Even with all of these positive changes around the world, the U.S. has yet to ban animal testing. Despite the availability of humane non-animal testing methods, the U.S. continues to use cruel animal tests for various cosmetic products.

We are thrilled to have the support of Lori Singer. We urge the US to follow Europe’s lead and end the cruel and outdated use of animals in cosmetics testing. Please take action by supporting Cruelty Free International,” Cruelty Free International US Campaign Manager, Monica Engebretson, said.

It’s time for the U.S. to follow suit and end the cruel animal testing on make-up, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

Be sure to find out how your favorite cosmetic companies test their products. Check out our list of Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Companies (RESOURCE).

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal