Today, following an intense campaign by PETA India and MP Maneka Gandhi, the Drug Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, announced that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India.
This is a landmark victory and means that countless animals will be spared the horrors of experimentation in Indian laboratories. No more guinea pigs, mice, rats or other animals will be hurt or killed in archaic and ineffective product tests for cosmetics or their ingredients in the country.
The announcement closely follows similar bans on … Read more.
Last year after a face-to-face meeting, Air India officials told PETA India in writing that the airline would refuse requests to transport animals to laboratories. It was cause for celebration – or so everyone thought. But now, because of pressure from animal experimenters, Air India has backtracked on the ban and resumed shipping animals for use in cruel laboratory experiments.
In support of our friends at PETA India, PETA UK members dressed up and made a plea for animals’ lives outside the High Commission of India in London today. In protest of … Read more.
Earlier this month, as part of a competition to win some ethical shampoo, we asked you for your cruelty-free beauty tips – and were totally overwhelmed by the response! We received a deluge of great practical advice about how to incorporate compassion into your beauty regime and speak out against cruelty.
Many of you recognised that it’s what’s inside that counts and that kindness will shine through. “Beauty is more than skin-deep – compassion is the key. Don’t exploit or harm other creatures”, wrote Cynthia, while Robert’s tip is to embrace a … Read more.
Cruelty is in the air, as a result of the shipments of terrified monkeys to laboratories in the cargo holds of some Air France flights.
Every other major airline in the world refuses to transport primates for animal testing. Air France even cancelled an individual shipment of primates after a public outcry led by PETA US and its supporters but has yet to end its shameful complicity in the barbaric vivisection trade once and for all.
Watch: Air France Cruelty in 60 Seconds
Many of the monkeys Air France flies to laboratories have … 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
… Read more.