Air France is one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world. The airline claims to be “making the sky the best place on Earth” – so why does it continue to ship terrified monkeys to laboratories to face imprisonment and torture?
Almost every other major airline in the world has shown compassion by refusing to transport monkeys for animal testing – including Aer Lingus, Air China, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Lufthansa, Qantas and United. Air France even cancelled an individual shipment of primates after a public … Read more.
In case you missed it, we’ve just seen a momentous step forward for the campaign against animal testing in Europe, with the new EU ban on cosmetics testing coming into force.
To celebrate, we have seven sets of luxurious cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner to give away, courtesy of biOrganics, an ethical company that makes compassion towards animals a priority. biOrganics quite rightly believes that no animal should suffer for the sake of beauty, and it refused to test on animals long before not testing became a legal requirement. What’s … Read more.
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.
You’ve probably heard the good news – as of 11 March 2013, 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:… 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.
UPDATE: We’ve just heard the devastating news that most of the AstraZeneca dogs were shipped to UK laboratories over the past few days.
A few dogs are still left in AstraZeneca’s breeding facility in Örkelljunga, Sweden. Please call AstraZeneca’s board today and ask them to show mercy and rehome the remaining beagles.
The number to call is +46-8-553 260 00.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has been speaking out for these dogs over the past days and weeks, on the phone, by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter. The response has … Read more.
Swedish siren and former Playboy model Victoria Silvstedt was horrified when she heard that more than 300 dogs may be shipped from her home country to UK laboratories for cruel animal tests.
Upon learning about pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s plans to consign hundreds of beagles from their breeding facility in Örkelljunga to the torture of animal testing, Victoria immediately fired off a letter to the company’s board imploring its members to show the dogs mercy. She wrote:
Anyone who lives with a dog, as I do, knows that dogs are thinking, feeling
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We’ve just sent the European Commission a huge bouquet of flowers. Why? Because we’re delighted by the fantastic news that a ban on the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics in the EU will come into effect in March of this year.
The much-needed ban has been in the pipeline for a long time, but there were fears that it might be postponed or weakened. This week, PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi met Commissioner Tonio Borg in person and got his word that it will go ahead, meaning that, starting in March, … Read more.
With the news of a monkey allegedly launched into space, Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. PETA urged Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, to ground the misguided mission back in 2011, pointing out that primates are no longer sent into space by the American or European space agencies.
We are appalled by photos of a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was allegedly launched into space by the Iranian Space … Read more.
In 2011, we learned that animals may have been poisoned and killed in toxicity tests that should never have taken place, as part of the EU’s chemical testing programme, REACH – the largest chemical testing programme in the world.
REACH rules state that animal tests can only be conducted as a “last resort”. But in 2011, a report from the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), which is responsible for policing REACH, showed that tens of thousands of animals were used in tests that could have been avoided. Yet ECHA has taken no … Read more.