Hay Festival 2013: Supermodel Lily Cole: Ban cruel shark liver from make up

31 May 2013

Source: Daily Telegraph

Authors: Geoffrey Lean & Louise Gray

Every year six million deep sea sharks are killed for squalene, including endangered species like the gulper shark and Portuguese dogfish.

The oil is put in moisturisers, conditioners and lipsticks. However manufacturers are under no obligation to state on the label when they use shark liver in their product,

Ms Cole said at the Telegraph Hay Festival yesterday that she had had not been aware that sharks were a key ingredient in cosmetics,and that it was "crazy" that use of squalene derived from them was not required to be labelled by law.

"When people are made aware of this and understand the issue the can then make informed choices." she said. "and markets always follow consumers. "

Alannah Weston, the creative director of Selfridges described how the department store was launching a campaign on the issue next week. She has banned any product containing shark squalene from the beauty hall of the London department store.


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