After being announced a few weeks ago with a teaser, yesterday “Save Ralph”, the animated short film launching The Humane Society International‘s #SaveRalph campaign against animal testing in cosmetics, was finally released.
The protagonist of the short film directed by Spencer Susser (“Hesher was here!“) is Ralph, a white laboratory rabbit who is interviewed and tells us about his typical day. The camera follows him while he eats breakfast, when he is picked up and restrained and even when, at the end of the working day, he can barely stand up.
Made in stop-motion, the director’s goal was to make Ralph and also the other rabbits we see look as real as possible. “It’s so important that Ralph feels real because he represents countless real animals who suffer every day,” said Spencer Susser.
The project saw the participation of actors who have always been active in the battle against animal testing, such as Taika Waititi, who voices Ralph, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro, Tricia Helfer and others.
“Save Ralph” aims to raise awareness of an issue that could easily be solved, as the production of cruelty-free cosmetics is safe and simple and is already being adopted by many brands.
In the hope that the situation will continue to improve, we can both sign the petition on the Humane Society International website and pay attention every day to the products we decide to buy and the brands we trust.
On this last issue, we must also make a clarification. The sale of products tested on animals has been banned in Europe since 2013, but a company selling in Europe is not automatically cruelty-free. It may simply have adapted part of its production for the European market and continue to test on animals for markets in other countries, such as China, where animal testing is not banned.
Every time we buy shampoo or deodorant, let us remember that our choice could save a little Ralph.