(ANIMAL TESTING/ACTIVISM) Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop are working on a worldwide petition to end animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.

The two companies received over one million signatures from over 65 different countries, and they are hoping the U.S. will follow the European Union’s lead and ban animal testing for good.

Being the largest campaign of its kind, Cruelty Free International does not plan to stop with just the U.S., but is also hoping to one-day bring about a worldwide ban on animal testing.

Continue reading below to learn more about Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop’s petition, and take the Clean Up Cruelty Pledge today. — Global Animal

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With Cruelty Free International’s latest petition, many hope the United States will finally put a ban on animal testing. Photo Credit: China/Getty Images

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Washington DC (29th January 2014) — Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop are calling on the United States to end the use of animals to test cosmetics.

A petition containing one million signatures from customers and supporters worldwide was discussed with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) as she is the leading legislator working on cosmetics regulation reform in the United States.

Monica Engebretson in US Campaign Manager at Cruelty Free International was joined by Phyll Arrington Director, Brand and Values: U.S. & Mexico from The Body Shop in discussing the petition.

The Body Shop supported Cruelty Free International, the first global organization solely dedicated to ending the use of animals to test cosmetics products throughout the world, by asking customers in stores across 65 countries, including Japan, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and Russia to sign a pledge calling for an end to these tests on animals. It has been the largest and most ambitious campaign ever to seek a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics.

The call to the United States government follows cosmetics animal testing bans in the European Union, India and Israel and China’s recent announcement of acceptance of non-animal testing from June 2014. However, Cruelty Free International is continuing to campaign for a global ban as over 80% of the world – including the United States – still allows animals to be used in cruel experiments for cosmetics products.  

Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: 

We are in Washington DC this week to appeal to the United States Government to listen to the collective voice of one million people and start putting plans in place to end these experiments and prevent further unnecessary suffering for thousands of animals. The European Union ban on animal tested cosmetics was widely celebrated in March 2013 and now it is time for the rest of the world to take action and end all animal tests for cosmetic products and their ingredients.”

Chinese scientists learn a new method that will replace a cruel eye irritation test used on rabbits. Photo Credit: PETA
Chinese scientists learn a new method that will replace a cruel eye irritation test used on rabbits. Photo Credit: PETA

“Since The Body Shop’s founding as an ethical retailer in 1976 and as the first cosmetic company in the world to campaign Against Animal Testing, we have ardently partnered with Cruelty Free International to end the use of animal testing in cosmetics,” says Phyll Arrington, Director Brand & Values for The Body Shop U.S. & Mexico.  

“Our experience shows that it is possible and safe to create cosmetics without animal testing and we encourage governments to support a worldwide ban on such unnecessary testing methods”

More Cruelty Free International: http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/

More The Body Shop: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/