“It is very important to me to speak out on behalf of animals who cannot protest their suffering and ask the compassionate people of the United States to join me, and Cruelty Free International, to call on the U.S Government to end the outdated use of animals for cosmetics testing once and for all,” said Mayim. “It doesn’t take a genius to know that using animals for these cruel and unnecessary tests is unjustifiable.”
The introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act on 5th March by U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA), follows extensive campaigning in the US by Cruelty Free International and precedes a Congressional briefing ‘Global regulations and advancements in alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics,’ hosted by Cruelty Free International in cooperation with Congressman Moran to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
To mark the one year anniversary of the historic European Union ban on animal tested cosmetics on March 11th, Cruelty Free International is delivering a ground-breaking scientific report on the alternatives to animal tests to 100 Governments around the globe.
The report, ‘Meeting the Global Challenge: A guide to assessing the safety of cosmetics without using animals’ and roadmap is designed to help governments, politicians, regulators and cosmetics manufacturers across the world in switching to alternatives to replace animal testing. It describes the alternative approaches that are available to replace animals and shows how they are more reliable, faster and cheaper than the animal tests they replace.
This report builds on the progress already made by Cruelty Free International with animal testing bans for cosmetics purposes in other countries, including the EU and China’s recent announcement on acceptance of non-animal testing from June 2014.
Cruelty Free International, CEO, Michelle Thew, said: ‘We are delighted that Mayim has joined us to speak out for the thousands of animals who continue to suffer in cosmetics tests here in the U.S. With the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act and Cruelty Free International’s new scientific cosmetics report to help governments move away from animal tests, we are hopeful that it won’t be long before animal cosmetics testing here in the U.S is consigned to history.’
Mayim, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit show ‘The Big Bang Theory’, joins Norman Reedus, Peter Dinklage and Ashley Bell to put the issue of cosmetics testing on animals at the forefront for consumers and policy makers around the world.