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.
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.
Animals in UK laboratories lead lives filled with fear and suffering, but last year, it looked like even the meagre legal protection that they currently have was under threat.
When PETA found out that animal testing legislation in the UK was going to change to incorporate an EU directive, we were worried that this could end up weakening regulations and make the situation for the victims of animal tests even worse. But after thousands of you responded to the public consultation and contacted the minister and after a year of pressuring … Read more.
Oliver Stone is disgusted by the UK military's use of live pigs as targets in training drills – and he's not afraid to speak his mind.
"As a U.S. Army combat veteran, I was horrified to learn from my friends at PETA U.K. that the Ministry of Defence has been shipping British military personnel to Denmark to watch live pigs be shot and mutilated on firing ranges and kept alive for several agonizing hours before finally being killed in cruel trauma training exercises", the Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer wrote this week… Read more.
In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, are being released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following rigorous campaigning for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.
The rescue was approved after PETA India notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control … Read more.
A spokesperson for EU Commissioner Tonio Borg just sent us a letter today confirming that Mr Borg will not propose any delay or compromise on the cosmetics marketing ban due in March 2013, which would end the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. Actually testing cosmetics on animals is already outlawed in the EU, but starting at the end of March, companies that test elsewhere won’t be able to sell their products here either. Not only does banning testing save hundreds of thousands of animals from cruel … Read more.
Gideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit Channel 4 series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world. Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.
After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal here in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip … Read more.
For months, rumours suggesting that the 2013 EU sales ban on animal-tested cosmetics could be weakened or delayed have intensified. The majority of the European population is opposed to animal-tested cosmetics, and caring consumers across Europe have protested vehemently to ensure the deadline is maintained. The ban is enshrined in the current EU directive for good reason: to attempt to assess the safety of cosmetics ingredients using defenseless rabbits and mice is not only cruel but also completely ineffective and puts human safety at risk, as the results cannot accurately predict human … Read more.
Earlier this month, the UK military participated in invasive and deadly animal-based trauma training exercises in Denmark.
British surgeons took part in drills in which live pigs were lined up at a firing range and shot with high-velocity bullets. Eighteen pigs sustained life-threatening multi-organ injuries and bone fractures in the archaic exercise, which took place between 6 and 8 November in Jaegerspris Kaserne. Animals who didn’t die during the exercise were later killed.
Maiming animals in this way is not allowed in the UK under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – … Read more.
A recent Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has shown that public opposition to the use of animals in medical research has grown steadily for the past six years. More than one in three people now identify themselves as “objectors” to the use of animals in medical research. No doubt, support for animal testing will continue to fall as people become increasingly aware of exciting, progressive and effective science that uses non-animal methods. These methods, including sophisticated computer and mathematical models, human tissue and cell cultures … Read more.