Target: Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International
Goal: Thank Cruelty Free International for their effort in banning animal testing throughout Europe.
After years of tireless effort, the animal rights organization Cruelty Free International has succeeded in securing a ban on medical testing for cosmetic products throughout Europe. For the past few months there have been talks of a March deadline, but it was still unclear as to whether or not the bill would actually go through. Nevertheless, earlier this year the organization increased pressure, and for that Cruelty Free International deserves our thanks.
Rats, mice, primates, and many other animals are forced to endure horrible acts of cruelty for the sake of the cosmetics industry. Irritancy testing often results in putting chemicals on eyes and skin to see if they burn. Other chemicals are fed or injected into animals to determine their toxicity. This kind of testing continues despite the fact that donated human tissues can be successfully used as an analogue.
Much of CFI’s success came from working with big name cruelty-free cosmetics companies like Paul Mitchell and The Body Shop, which made public statements, circulated petitions, and organized events. Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of CFI, made a statement saying that this is only the beginning. The organization hopes Europe’s decision will influence larger markets like the United States and Asia. The campaign has already garnered support in India where leaders of animal rights groups are considering a push to make it the second place to ban animal testing.
Please sign the petition below to thank Cruelty Free International for their contribution to banning animal testing in Europe. This is an enormous step for animal welfare and will hopefully cause other countries to take notice.
Dear Michelle Thew,
Recently it became clear that all of your effort and that of Cruelty Free International in attempting to ban animal testing for cosmetic products in Europe will be successful. This is a remarkable achievement and the first of its kind. Not only will your campaign serve as an example to other nations, it serves as proof that significant global changes in animal rights is possible.
Since the announcement, other countries have already spoken up and a global ban seems closer than ever. Thank you so much for your commitment to protecting the lives of these animals and for proving to the world that this industry can survive without animal testing.
[Your Name Here]
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