SA’s Horrific Animal Testing Laid Bare By Hollywood Stars In ‘Save Ralph’ [Video]
There’s something a little tragic about waking up each morning to dedicate our lives to jobs that are stressful, if not plain boring.
Perspective: imagine you’re a lab rabbit, like Ralph in this new short film Save Ralph, who wakes up every morning just to be poked, scraped, burned, and violated in order to give humans a usable lippy.
The short film shows a despondent bunny, Ralph, as he explains away his suffering and tries to hold onto a sense of normalcy while being tested on in a lab to near-death extremes.
Some big Hollywood names (Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, and Tricia Helfer, to name a few) have collaborated with the Humane Society International (HSI) to bring Save Ralph to life and stop the unnecessary cruelty of animal testing.
From Good Guy Things, Jeffrey Flocken, Humane Society International’s president, says:
“Save Ralph is a wake-up call that animals are still suffering for cosmetics, and now is the time for us to come together to ban it globally. Today we have an abundance of reliable, animal-free approaches for product safety assurance, so there’s no excuse for making animals like Ralph suffer to test cosmetics or their ingredients.”
The film is being launched in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Vietnamese and focused across 16 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, and 10 Southeast Asian nations.
In South Africa, animal testing continues unaffected, and there is no particular legislation in our country to protect or monitor animals used in research.
Whilst South Africa is the largest cosmetics market on the continent, there is some hopeful news from Joseph Mayson, HSI-Africa’s campaign manager.
He says it is only a matter of time before South Africa joins the 40 countries that have already banned testing on animals.
Over 90% of South Africans already support a ban on the practice.
Let’s have a look at the film, shall we?
Here’s Ricky Gervais getting real:
“Animal testing just makes me angry. There’s no justification for dripping chemicals in rabbits’ eyes or force-feeding them to rats just to make lipsticks and shampoo. Science has evolved enough to give us non-animal solutions to end this terrible cruelty—it’s time for our humanity to catch up.”
For more info on how to help in the movement to stop animal testing, you can check out HSI’s website.