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Monica Engebretson
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Monica Engebretson is the North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International - the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

For over 15 years, Monica has worked to protect animals from cruelty and exploitation including field work, undercover investigations, lobbying, and media and public education campaigns. She has led campaigns on several issues including wildlife conflicts, trapping, fur, and captive wildlife with an emphasis on exotic birds.

Monica has now turned her attention to animals used in cosmetics testing. As part of a strategic global effort, Monica leads Cruelty Free International's U.S. and Canada campaigns with a range of projects and activities designed to bring an end to animal testing for cosmetics.

Cruelty Free International is the only global organization dedicated to ending cosmetics testing on animals. It works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations worldwide and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing on animals. With offices in London, Boston and Singapore, Cruelty Free International is applying its determination and vision on a global stage to repeat its success in Europe worldwide.

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Congressman Jim Moran Receives Lord Houghton Award for Services to Animal Welfare

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:24 PM

This week, Cruelty Free International presented Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) with the Lord Houghton Award in recognition of his service and contribution to animal welfare.

Those in the United States may not be familiar with Lord Houghton or why the award that bears his name is so...

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Actress Tricia Helfer Urges Canada to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:03 PM

The 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica (2004 -2009) was without a doubt one of the best ever sci-fi shows. You don't even have to be a fan of science fiction to love it: the show was included in Time's 100 Best TV shows of ALL-Time and had multiple...

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Actress Thora Birch Calls for an End to Animal Testing in the American Beauty Industry

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:50 PM

To many, the words "American Beauty" bring to mind the award winning film released in 1999. The film is memorable for its multilayered themes examining topics such as materialism, appearances, gratitude, and beauty; and for its flawless casting.

Among the cast of characters was "Jane Burnham" played...

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California Calls on US Congress to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

(8) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:21 PM

This week the California Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support passed Senate Joint Resolution 22, titled the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution. This resolution urges Congress to enact legislation that would establish reasonable deadlines for the nationwide prohibition of animal testing and urges the federal government to mandate testing alternatives...

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Brazil to End Most Animal Testing for Cosmetics

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Brazil is well known for its fast-paced economic growth, but today the country has shown the world that it is quick to take action for animals as well.

Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and...

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Switched at Birth Star Vanessa Marano Wants You to Switch to Cruelty-free Cosmetics

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:42 PM

If you aren't watching ABC's hit family series Switched at Birth, you are missing out. Past seasons are available on Netflix and, while it is billed as a family show, you don't need to have kids at home as an excuse to watch it.

As the name suggests, the...

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Big Bang Theory Actor Kunal Nayyar Hopes You Will Join Him to Help Animals

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:53 PM

We are all aware of the fictional content of a comedy TV series but, in addition to jovial interaction between the show's seven main characters, the script for The Big Bang Theory is steeped with accurate scientific references and can claim fans from as far afield as the world of...

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Will California Continue to be a National Leader in the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Debate?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:59 PM

On Monday, the California Senate approved Senator Marty Block's joint resolution, SJR 22, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution, with a bipartisan vote of 31-0.

The resolution, sponsored by Cruelty Free International, asks the California legislature to send a message to the US Congress and...

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Celebrating the First Anniversary of the EU Ban On Animal Testing for Cosmetics

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:32 PM

This month, Cruelty Free International celebrated the one year anniversary of the historic complete ban on marketing of animal-tested cosmetics in all 28 nations that make up the European Union. From March 11, 2013, not only can no animal testing for cosmetics take place in the European Union, but new...

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It Doesn't Take a Genius to Work Out That Testing Cosmetics on Animals Is Cruel

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Currently best known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik's character is of both staggering intelligence and unwavering principles.

The comedy of her role is born from a combination of how loyal -- and sometimes misguided -- Amy can be in her beliefs and her...

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Bill to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics in the United States Introduced

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:46 PM

This week, Cruelty Free International cheered the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act by U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA). This landmark legislation addresses the inherent cruelty of animal testing for cosmetics and seeks to ensure that modern non-animal tests are used to ensure product safety.

The introduction...

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Actress Lori Singer Teams Up With Cruelty Free International to Help End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:46 PM

If you grew up in the 80's chances are you were crazy about the film Footloose (I owned the soundtrack...on vinyl). Chances also are, if you were a teenage girl at the time, you strongly identified with or admired the lead female character "Ariel Moore" - free-spirited, strong-willed...

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Seventy Years Is Enough: It's Time to Put the Draize Test Out of Its Misery

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:46 PM

2014 marks a morbid 70th anniversary. It was in 1944 that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toxicologist Dr. John Henry Draize invented the now-infamous "Draize test" to evaluate the safety of cosmetics and other personal care products using live animals.



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Actors From TV's Hottest Shows Want You to Go Cruelty Free in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:10 AM

The character Tyrion Lannister on the hit HBO drama Game of Thrones is loved by fans of the show for his insightful and often brutal wit, and also because in the midst of his petulant behavior there lies empathy for others. Fans of the show will recall that this kindness...

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As China's Policy on Animal Testing Begins to Shift, Let's Honor the Companies That Have Stood by the Animals

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Last week, Cruelty Free International welcomed reports that the Chinese Food and Drug Administration has proposed to abolish the requirement for animal testing for cosmetics for domestically manufactured ordinary products (such as shampoo, skincare or perfume) from June 2014. This is a far-reaching development that will undoubtedly spare...

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Actress Ashley Bell Takes a Stand Against the Horror of Animal Testing for Cosmetics

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:38 PM

Ashely Bell who enchanted -- and terrified -- audiences with her performance as "Nell" in The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II has joined forces with Cruelty Free International to stand against the real-life horror of animal testing for cosmetics.

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Cosmetics Testing on Animals in the Spotlight at Jakarta Fashion Week: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Takes Notice

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 4:20 PM

The global bandwagon towards ending animal testing for cosmetics is gathering speed -- first Europe, then Israel, then India. Now as part of this year's Jakarta Fashion Week, Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop, joined by hundreds of supporters, called on the Association of South East Asian...

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Walking Dead Star Takes a Stand for Animals

(11) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Fans of the hit show, The Walking Dead, grew to love character Daryl Dixon -- the hardened rough and tumble survivalist who, it turns out, has a heart of gold beneath his tough exterior. Few fans of the show can claim they didn't swoon or bawl their eyes out when...

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India Joins the EU and Israel in Surpassing the US in Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Testing Policy

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:58 PM

U.S. animal advocates have become somewhat accustomed to being embarrassingly surpassed by the animal protection policies across the pond in the European Union (EU). Now it seems we'd better prepare ourselves to be eclipsed by India -- at least when it comes to cosmetics testing on animals.

Recently, Cruelty Free...

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