Dancer Says: It’s Cruelty-Free or Nothing at All

For Immediate Release:
17 April 2013

Sydney – Wearing nothing but a smile and holding a bunny, Dancing With the StarsKym Johnson is the star of a brand-new PETA campaign that reads, “Be a Bunny’s Belle of the Ballroom: Choose Cruelty-Free”, and encourages shoppers to buy cosmetics and household products only from companies that never test on animals. The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree, is attached.

In an exclusive interview, Johnson explains that she never considered how her cosmetics were being tested until she saw Dave Navarro‘s campaign. “I was so disturbed by what I saw”, she says. “I didn’t realise that animal testing was still being done, and it really shocked me, and it really made me think, what am I putting on my face?” So she decided to see for herself how animals suffer in cosmetics testing – and what she found disturbed her. “Living their lives in cages, being injected in their eyes and being blinded – it’s terrifying the footage that you see, and no animal should have to suffer that way for our vanity.”

These archaic animal tests have been banned by the European Union and are not required in Australia. Many companies have pledged to use only non-animal test methods. A list of Australian companies that don’t test on animals is available here, and a list of international companies can be found on PETA US’ Beauty Without Bunnies website.

Johnson joins a long list of celebrities – including DWTS alumni Elisabetta Canalis, Joanna Krupa, Pamela Anderson, Steve-O, Kelly Osbourne, Wendy Williams, Cloris Leachman and Lance Bass as well as judge Carrie Ann Inaba – who have spoken up to promote kindness to animals.