High street retailer fights animal testing

Think Pink bath bomb ©Lush Cosmetics

High street trader Lush have launched their first ever global campaign, ‘Fighting Animal Testing’.

Lush, who specialise in bath gifts and cosmetics, launched the campaign to coincide with World Animals Week.

The campaign has been launched in 47 countries, including the United States, Canada, India, Australia and the UK. Although animal testing is already banned in the UK and across the EU, Lush have teamed up with Humane Society International to fight against the sale of products which have been tested on animals outside of the EU.

Many countries still have regulations that stipulate all products MUST be tested on animals before they can be tested on humans.

Hilary Jones, Ethics Director at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, said animals “should be protected by robust laws which force ALL companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market.”

Lush has been given several awards for their work so far, including the RSPCA Good Business Award for 2006 and 2007, and the 2006 PETA Trailblazer Award for Animal Welfare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare ‘Business of the Year’ 2010.

Visitors to the company’s website are being invited to sign an online petition, and on Tuesday, visitors to the York store on Coney Street will be invited to sign the windows in support of the campaign, with a similar idea being carried out in many Lush stores internationally.

In Lush’s flagship store in Regents Street, London, an extreme performance of animal testing will occur in the window in a bid to draw further attention to the campaign.

Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International, said “Animal testing is the ugly secret of the beauty industry, and it’s time for it to stop. We are thrilled to be joining forces with Lush to campaign for an end to the suffering and look forward to turning the whole world cruelty-free.”

The York branch of the chain recently played host to the Lush Compounders Tour, presenting a free workshop in which customers were able to try their hand at making Lush products and take home their finished items.

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