Open the champagne – it’s official: from today, no more animals will be tormented, maimed and killed for the sake of the cosmetics products on our shelves. Yes, it’s 11 March, the day that the EU Cosmetics Testing Sales Ban finally comes into force, a cause for celebration for animals, consumers and science.
So how did we get here? It’s been an epic campaign, spanning more than 20 years and including hard work by caring people determined to put a stop to the atrocities committed against animals in laboratories. There have been … Read more.
Mums are awesome. But while you’re showing yours how much you love her on Mother’s Day – or, if you’re a mother yourself, enjoying some well-earned appreciation – it’s worth remembering that animals are often parents, too. Just like us, other animals have strong maternal instincts, feel instant love for their children and want to watch them grow up. But in the farming industry, they rarely get the chance: their babies are snatched away from them, never to be seen again.
Here’s a little more info about what it’s like to be … Read more.
Steak and kidney? No, thank you! Eating the innards of animals is no way to celebrate traditional British food, which is why, for National Pie Week, we’re going crazy for vegan pastry fare. Although the world’s first pies were filled with meat and called “coffins”, cookery has fortunately evolved since then. Thanks to companies such as all-vegan Fry’s Distribution, which has just launched its brand-new curry pie, your pastry shell doesn’t need to contain a corpse-based filling.
We just had a sneak preview of Fry’s new pie and can … Read more.
You’ve probably heard the good news – as of 11 March, cosmetics tested on animals can no longer be sold in Europe, even if the testing happened outside the EU. This is a landmark victory in the campaign against cruel experiments on animals. But what does it actually mean for consumers who want to make sure that the shampoo, make-up or moisturiser they’re buying wasn’t tested on animals and that their money isn’t going to companies that profit from cruelty?
Our science adviser, Dr Gilly Stoddart, answers some of your questions:
What … Read more.
Woohoo! Yet another airline has seen the light and taken a stand against trafficking monkeys for cruel animal tests. Following a campaign by PETA US that included public protests, a flood of phone calls and hundreds of e-mails and tweets, China Eastern Airlines today announced that it has ended “transportation of laboratory primates as of Mar. 01, 2013″.
More than 10,000 monkeys were shipped to the US from China in 2012 to be cut up, poisoned, drugged and killed. The best part of this victory is that it effectively ends the export of monkeys … Read more.
The animals crowned as “winners” at dog shows like Crufts are more likely to be major losers – in the genetic lottery, that is. “Purebred” is a euphemism for “inbred”: in some cases, pedigrees come from a gene pool of only about 50 dogs, meaning that these unfortunate pooches are riddled with painful inherited diseases and may live for only half as long as their healthy mixed-breed cousins.
What’s more, the exaggerated features that breeders and competition judges prize, such as a squashed-in face, a narrow skull or disproportionately short legs, are … Read more.
Black Sabbath bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler called on his fans to boycott Fortnum & Mason since it shamefully clings to sales of foie gras – a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK and is banned from Royal menus. The rock-’n’-roll legend has also written to Fortnum’s chief executive, Ewan Venters, urging him to remove the controversial product from the store’s shelves.
“I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and I’m not afraid to make some noise, especially when it comes to issues of cruelty … Read more.
One message that most people will take away from the recent horsemeat scandal is that if you’re buying meat, it’s almost impossible to know what it’s really made from. As the equine content of British burgers was making headlines, there was another worrying finding for members of religions which prohibit eating pork: the presence of pig meat in many so-called “beef” products, making them neither kosher nor halal.
But there’s an easy recipe for laying to rest anxieties about sinister hidden ingredients in your food: going vegan. Stick to a wholesome plant-based … Read more.