Ricky Gervais is officially a spokesperson for Cruelty Free International, a newly-established worldwide campaign to ban testing cosmetics on animals. Launched by the long-standing British Union Against Vivisection, CFI will work with governments, companies and partner organizations to place animal testing at the forefront of policymakers' agendas.
On the issue, Ricky says: "Animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in most of the world. That means thousands of animals can continue to die for the sake of a new shampoo. We urgently need a worldwide ban on this cruel and unnecessary suffering. Get involved. Please join me in supporting Cruelty Free International in its global mission to consign animal testing for cosmetics to the history books.”While the European Union has banned the testing of cosmetics on animals, 80% of countries still allow the practice. Common test procedures include force-feeding large amounts of chemicals to assess toxicity and applying caustic ingredients to eyes and skin to measure irritation (one now infamous mascara test measures how long a chemical ingredient takes to burn away a rabbit's cornea). Rats and mice are the most frequent test subjects, but guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, and dogs are also commonly used. Cosmetics companies are not required to use animals to test for safety and can instead use human skin cultures. Numerous studies, including several published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have concluded that animal tests do not reliably predict outcomes in humans due to basic biological differences.
Consumers can now find cruelty-free cosmetics for every need and at every price point. Some mainstream examples include Revlon, wet n wild, Burt's Bees, Prestige, Bare Minerals, Stila, Urban Decay, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Paul Mitchell and Aveda. Because there is no regulation of "cruelty-free" labeling, be sure to check the label for the BUAV's leaping bunny logo. View a complete list of cruelty-free cosmetics and household cleaning products here.
Learn more about Cruelty Free International and how you can get involved.
Okay is it just us or was last weekend completely snow-blasted? And now without a hint of snow or gray skies, NYC is full of surprises with its perfect fall weather and an extra hour of sunshine. Among the lovely gifts of November giving are these amazing, somewhat opulent parties and events.
Monday November 7th
20th Anniversary AIDS Service Center NYC Gala
Among the many galas today, we chose the AIDS Service Center Gala for the sole reason that its nice to actually see your money helping people- and what a great initiative to help fellow New Yorkers battle this life-threatening virus. You’ll join over three hundred business, healthcare, and civic leaders in a dinner and awards ceremony as they commend twenty Positive Changemakers at Bryant Park Grill.
He troubled Robert Downey Jr. and Charlie Sheen, skewered Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's film "The Tourist"; gay celebrities and Scientology, but his barbed humor seems to have pleased the Hollywood Foreign Press Association...
"We loved the show...it was among the best we've ever had and we were pleased." told a rep to press
The British funnyman told U.K's Heat Magazine, "The ratings went up again, and the organizers asked me to consider a third year. (But) I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure."
The Hollywood Hilton held yesterday the Annual 68th Golden Globe Awards' ceremony hosted by an oafish Ricky Gervais.
The biggest winner of the night was "The Social Network" with not less than 4 Awards: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score. The other big winners were "The Kids are All Right", "Glee", and "Boardwalk Empire", all of which won best in their categories. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her incredible performance as a disturbed dancer in Black Swan and Colin Firth won Best Actor for "The King's Speech."
To see the full list of nominations and winners, visit www.goldenglobes.org/nominations
Next step, the Oscars...
Celebrity funny man Ricky Gervais has been stepping out a bit slimmer these days. He's saying that he didn't lose it because he was fat but because he's not so lazy anymore. "I didn't eat differently. I probably just stopped having that second meal at 11:30 at night." Way to go Gervais! Now go replace Carell for next season's The Office!