In honor of International Rabbit Day on Saturday, Sept.28, the "Be Cruelty Free" campaign of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society International (HSI) continues to support the end of animal testing on rabbits for cosmetics with a photo campaign featuring Hollywood bunny-loving celebrities.
Animal testing for cosmetic use has already been banned in Europe, Israel, and India, yet the United States continues to allow petrified rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and mice to be placed in body restraints and have chemicals dripped into their eyes and caustic chemicals applied to shaved areas on their sensitive skin. The HSUS' "Be Cruelty Free" is actively campaigning to end this egregious suffering for such things as a new mascara or a different shade of blush.
Do you realize rabbits, as the caustic chemicals are dripped into their eyes, have no tear ducts thus making the defenseless little animals suffer even more? At least when humans accidentally get a foreign substance in their eyes, tears flow trying to naturally get rid of the irritating substance; not so for innocent bunnies.
Such egregious testing causes blindness, reddening, ulcerations, skin irritations and bleeding. Is this really necessary? Today's modern internationally recognized non-animal methods "such as EpiDerm and EpiSkin human skin models, and the BCOP and ICE tests for eye irritancy and corrosion" can now replace animal testing, states the HSUS.
This year, "The Mentalist" star, Owain Yeoman and Grammy-nominated singer Leona Lewis are showing their support; Owain poses with rescued rabbit, Nibbles and Leona donated a photo of her own rescued bunny, Melrose.
"Be 'Cruelty -Free USA' is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, Humane Society International and its 'Be Cruelty Free' partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, New Zealand, and Russia, with 'Be Cruelty-Free USA' spearheaded by The HSUS and Humane Society Legislative Fund."
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