Peter Dinklage Joins Cruelty Free International to Call for US ban on Animal Tests for Cosmetics
Peter Dinklage is photographed for Cruelty Free International, sending an appeal across the U.S. to support the global organization committed to ending cosmetic tests on animals
BOSTON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Following Europe’s cosmetics animal test ban in March, Emmy and Golden Globe award
winning actor Peter Dinklage has become an ambassador for Cruelty Free International to
call for an end to cosmetics tests on animals in the USA, as part of the non-profit’s
mission to end product testing on animals worldwide.
Peter Dinklage, known for his show-stealing role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of
Thrones states: “I am so pleased to support Cruelty Free International and be part of the
global campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals. It is unacceptable that animals
continue to suffer around the world, including the United States of America, for the sake
of beauty. I appeal to the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal testing
Peter posed in a Cruelty Free International t-shirt to raise awareness of the
continued cruel use of animals to test everyday beauty products and toiletries from soap
to toothpaste. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/_assets/images/uploads/pd1.jpg
Peter Dinklage joins Cruelty Free International celebrity supporters Joss Stone and
Global Ambassador Ricky Gervais, who starred in a video launching the global organization
last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYW-ZrOsZIE.
Animal tests involve rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats who can be injected, gassed,
force-fed and killed for cosmetics. Animal tests for new cosmetics are now banned in the
European Union and in March, new animal tests for every cosmetic product to be sold in
Europe were also brought to an end. This significant historical milestone was achieved
after over twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding
organization, the BUAV.
Peter Dinklage and Cruelty Free International are joining forces to bring about a ban
in the U.S., following Europe’s lead and moving the U.S. off the global list of countries
that still allow animals to be used in painful and fatal test to develop beauty products.
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: “I am thrilled that
Peter Dinklage is standing with us to end painful and outdated animal tests that are still
legal for beauty products on sale in the USA. The Food and Drug Administration must follow
Europe’s lead and do the right thing for animals and consumers by mandating non-animal
methods for cosmetics immediately. Please take action by supporting Cruelty Free
International in our call to the FDA to ban animal tests for cosmetics, and look for
cruelty-free products marked with the Leaping Bunny.”
Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner
organizations worldwide and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many
governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing
on animals. With offices in London, Boston and Singapore, Cruelty Free International is
applying its determination and vision on a global stage to repeat its success in Europe
Established by the BUAV with corporate headquarters in London, UK, Cruelty Free
International has partnered with NEAVS (the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, a U.S.
national 501 (c) 3 not for profit based in Boston, MA) to launch the U.S. Cruelty Free
International office. Dr. Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D., President of NEAVS, will be
representing this effort in the U.S. as the Cruelty Free International U.S. Executive
Officer. This brings together two of the world’s longest standing and most respected
animal protection organizations in a united effort.
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