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Vegan actor and animal advocate Alicia Silverstone attended the United Nation’s annual High-Level Political Forum this week to call on global decision-makers to end animal testing for cosmetics.

Silverstone partnered animal protection agency Cruelty Free International for the meeting. Cruelty Free International instigated the campaign for a global end to cosmetics animal testing in 2017, after leading a 20-year campaign to end testing in the European Union.

‘Cruel and old-fashioned’

“I’m delighted to come together with Cruelty Free International to add my voice to the millions already calling for a global end to cosmetics animal testing. I urge the decision-makers gathered here from across the world to play their part in ending the testing of cosmetics on animals globally and for good,” Alicia Silverstone said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“Cosmetic animal testing is cruel, old-fashioned, expensive, and inefficient. Today, there are far more reliable and humane alternatives. Many cruelty-free companies use safe and effective cruelty-free ingredients in all their products,” Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, added.

“Across the globe, people want this cruel practice to end. It’s fantastic that more countries are passing laws, but it’s time to say goodbye to this outdated practice once and for all. Government, business and consumers working together is the best way to truly eliminate the suffering of animals for cosmetics.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.