When sultry actor, model and singer Sofia Hayat told us she wanted to dedicate her birthday to animals, we knew she'd be
able to turn heads and hearts. Dressed as a sexy bunny, the birthday girl burst
out of a cake at her 6 December bash to urge her guests to buy only cruelty-free cosmetics.
Sofia is the latest celebrity to join PETA's campaign to persuade the Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare to follow the European Union's lead and ban cosmetics testing on rabbits,
mice, rats and other animals.
"There's nothing sweet about harming rabbits and poisoning rats for
lipsticks and eye shadow", said Sofia, who was recently featured in the
Bollywood film Diary of a Butterfly
and has appeared on Bindass TV's Superdude.
In 2013, it will be illegal to test cosmetics and their ingredients on
animals in the EU or to sell cosmetics that have been tested on animals even if
tested in a different country. PETA's proposal for a similar ban in India has
already gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center
for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education, the Animal Welfare Board of India, international companies The Body Shop
and LUSH and Indian companies Omved and Shahnaz Husain.
1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but many still
subject animals to painful tests in which substances are smeared on their skin,
sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast
physiological differences between humans and animals, the results of these
tests are often misleading.
Until the government sees the light and bans animal tests, we can save
bunnies and other animals every time we shop by taking Sofia's advice and
purchasing cosmetics and other products from the growing number of companies that use modern,
effective, non-animal testing methods.
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