SUNDERLAND shoppers are joining the fight to put a stop to animal testing for cosmetics.
More than 1,500 Wearsiders have already backed a petition put forward by Lush, calling for the cruel practice to be axed.
The national retail chain has joined forces with Humane Society International to urge all shoppers to support them in their efforts to stop the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The move comes after EU policy makers announced plans to delay or weaken a ban on animal testing, that was expected to be introduced in March 2013.
Currently, products made in the UK and the European Union are not allowed to be tested on animals.
However, products produced outside of these countries can still be tested on animals and then sold in Britain.
Now Lush and Humane Society International are urging all of the remaining countries to follow suit and ban animal testing across the globe.
The campaign has already proved popular with shoppers, and to date more than 1,500 signatures have been added to the Sunderland store’s petition.
Lush’s petition has even caught the attention of The Futureheads’ vocalist Barry Hyde, who visited the shop in The Bridges to show his support.
And shoppers have been signing their names on the store window, and can still visit the store to add their names to a paper petition.
Becky Lee, store manager at Lush in the Bridges, said: “The reaction to the campaign in Sunderland has been incredible.
“Lush believes that testing cosmetics on animals is morally and scientifically unjustified and it’s clear that there is strong support for this view in Sunderland.
“I would urge anyone who feels that animals should be protected from cruelty by robust laws to visit Lush and sign the petition.”
Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, added: “It’s great to see how supportive shoppers in the Bridges have been of Lush’s campaign.
“The Bridges fully endorses the cause and would encourage all Sunderland shoppers to take two minutes to pop into Lush and sign the petition.”