Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Gervais blasts testing on animals

Ricky Gervais has spoken out against animal testing

Ricky Gervais has waded into a row over the testing of cosmetic products on animals.

The Office star lashed out after companies were accused of putting profits before ethics to sell their products to China, where animal testing can be a legal requirement.

Cosmetics testing on animals has not been allowed in the UK since 1998, and a Europe-wide ban on the sale of animal-tested beauty products will be fully in force by next year. The Chinese government reserves the right to carry out animal tests on cosmetic products before approving them for sale in China.

Ricky spoke up in support of Humane Society International's Be Cruelty Free campaign, which aims to halt cosmetics animal testing around the world.

He said: "Like me, most people will be shocked to learn that testing cosmetics on animals is often still a legal requirement in China.

"By law, rabbits must have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes or spread over their sensitive skin, causing sores and bleeding. It makes me really angry that this is still going on, and it makes me particularly angry that some previously cruelty-free companies are abandoning their principles and returning to animal testing in order to profit from the Chinese market."

Last year a number of cosmetics manufacturers involved with China were removed from the list of those granted the cruelty-free Leaping Bunny trademark. They include Yves Rocher, L'Occitane, Mary Kay and Caudalie.

The Extras star added: "Ethical principles shouldn't be up for sale. You cannot put a price on morality and compassion."

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