Stephen Fry has tweeted a message urging his followers to support a petition calling on politicians to ban animal testing for cosmetics in Europe.

“No beauty in animal cruelty, Do sign #CrueltyFree2013 petition to ban animal-tested cosmetics,” he tweeted.

The petition is from Humane Society International, and states:
“Animal testing is an ugly business, especially when animals—like rabbits, mice and guinea pigs—are blinded and poisoned just to test a new lipstick or shampoo. The European Union promised that from 2013, the sale of animal-tested cosmetics would be banned, meaning the EU would become the world’s first cruelty-free zone. An EU sales ban would also force companies around the world to stop animal testing or have their products removed from EU shop shelves. However, now EU decision-makers are looking to delay the ban by up to 10 years, meaning more unnecessary animal testing.”

The Cruelty-Free 2013 petition has so far been signed by 49,092 people calling for an end to animal-tested cosmetics.

To add your name to the petition, click here.

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