Caroline Lucas MP first to sign pledge to end cosmetic testing on animals
30 May 2012
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has signed the international petition for a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics at The Body Shop in Brighton.
Cruelty Free International was established by long-standing animal protection organisation BUAV to tackle the issue on a global scale. It was launched on 17 March with the support of Ricky Gervais, the organisation's ambassador.
Cruelty Free International will work with governments, regulators, companies and partner organisations worldwide, placing the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the first time.
The campaign will roll out over the coming weeks in 65 countries - and is the largest and most ambitious attempt to seek a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics.
Despite progress with some countries and companies, more than 80 per cent of countries in the world still allow animals to be used in cruel experiments.
Caroline, who is the first MP to sign the pledge, said: "I'm delighted to be the first MP to sign the Cruelty Free International pledge and call on Governments around the world to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals.
"Given the history which the Body Shop has in Brighton, I know many of my constituents will want to join me in signing the pledge and support Cruelty Free International in their campaign to end this cruel and unnecessary practice."
Michelle Thew, chief executive officer of Cruelty Free International said: "I am so pleased that Caroline is supporting our efforts to tell the world about the continued cruelty to animals for cosmetics.
"Please add your voice by signing the Cruelty Free International pledge to ban the cruel use of animals to test cosmetics."
For more information please contact the Brighton and Hove Green Party on 01273 766 670
You can sign the pledge at The Body Shop or at www.crueltyfreeinternational.org
If you are a journalist and you need to contact a party spokesperson, please call the duty press officer on 07931 231390.
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Latest information from Caroline Lucas MP is at www.carolinelucas.com
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