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Artist Cat Moonshadow made this short animation to aid the awareness of animal testing on Beagles.
You can find more of her work here.
Posted on: March 5 2014
Lorillard Tobacco Company, the third-largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S. has issued a new policy banning all animal testing.
PETA celebrated this week after their talks with the company over seveal years paid off. Lorillard has previously reported cruel tests on rats in which the animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke. They now say:
‘It is the policy of Lorillard, Inc. not to conduct or commission research involving animals and will in good faith otherwise not use animals unless necessary to meet regulatory requirements. In order to eliminate animal testing, Lorillard R&D will use scientifically accepted or validated alternative test methods and technologies that avoid the use of live animals.’
PETA is now turning its attention to the two other tobacco giants; R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris and you can support the campaign by signing this petition.
(picture by Rattie Rescue on flickr.com)
Posted on: February 26 2014
More than half of women, young adults find animal testing ‘morally wrong’
Americans’ moral opposition to animal testing has grown significantly since 2001, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.
Researchers from PETA and Western Governors University examined data collected in independent surveys from 2001 to 2013. They found that 54 percent of young adults oppose animal testing and there is a growing generation gap in attitudes about this issue.
A majority of women (52 percent) believe medical testing on animals to be morally wrong – an increase of 9 percent from 2012 and 16 percent since 2001. Thirty percent of males opposed animal testing in 2013.
Opposition also rose significantly among all political affiliations since 2001.
“Opposition to animal testing is steadily rising among people of every gender, age group, and political affiliation, likely because people have more exposure than ever to information about the cruelty that animals endure in laboratories, how animal testing rarely helps humans, and the superior alternatives available,” says study co-author Justin Goodman.
“Now, the country’s laws and policies governing animal experimentation and its research funding practices need to evolve to meet public expectations as well,” he added.
Posted on: February 18 2014
Hamstrong is a hamster imprisoned in an animal testing lab against his will. He seeks any means necessary to escape and bring freedom for the other animal captives.
The creators of the iPhone game, music video, and future animated series say:
“We hope to create a better tomorrow for all animals by using education as a method of prevention. We believe that raising awareness and educating younger audiences about animal cruelty will make a big difference to the lives of animals.”
If you enjoyed this clip and want to see more, visit the Go Fund Me page to find out how you can support the project.
Posted on: February 12 2014
This month the São Paulo Parliament has implemented a ban on animal testing for cosmetics.
Cruelty Free International representative in Brazil, Frank Alarcón said: ‘We are delighted.. This is the first such ban in Latin America, and follows similar bans in the European Union and India as the wave of ethical consumer choice sweeps around the world. We congratulate the Parliament and Governor Alckmin on their progressive decision and call on other state governments and the national government to follow their example.’
The ban follows extensive campaigning in Brazil by groups including Cruelty Free International which included the submission of a petition with 120,000 Brazilians calling for an end to animal testing for cosmetics.
The explanatory text to the law says: ‘We believe that companies can guarantee the safety of their products choosing among thousands of already existent ingredients that possess a long history of safe use, at the same time as using an increasing number of alternative methods that do not involve animal use.’
Read more on the Cruelty Free International website
Image by Fernando Stankuns on flickr.com
Posted on: January 30 2014
Ana Wolf co-director of an “Ultra Marathon” called ‘the Vegan Power 50K’ is appealing for donations towards a fund to help end lab tests on animals.
On 15th January, after five days of hiking uphill, passing through five different climate zones, on five hours sleep, the 42-year-old will be in Tanzania to start her push to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
“I am climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for primates and all animals in laboratory settings. I will most likely be staggering breathlessly and huffing and puffing as I approach 19,000 feet, but I will do it gladly to support SAEN – Stop Animal Exploitation Now in their incredible work for animals in lab settings all over the country. I think your heart would break if you saw the photos of the experiments. Take a look here.
You see what I mean? BUT…let’s also take a look at the positives, meaning some of SAEN’s extensive body of work:
Who ended primate research at Pennsylvania State University Medical School?
Who forced Harvard to close their New England National Primate Research Center?
Who ensured that chimps used in lab testing were retired to a sanctuary instead of another research facility?
Who forced USDA to investigate and prosecute over 13 different universities and private research companies for violations?
SAEN – Stop Animal Exploitation Now!”
Find out more on Ana’s fundraising page here.
Posted on: January 15 2014
At the Lush Prize awards day in November we remembered the stirring words of Lewis Carroll.
Here is an extract from his 1875 essay titled Some Popular Fallacies About Vivisection.
And when that day shall come.. what potent spell have you in store to win exemption from the common doom? Will you represent to that grim specter, as he gloats over you, scalpel in hand, the inalienable rights of man? He will tell you that this is merely a question of relative expediency,—that, with so feeble a physique as yours, you have only to be thankful that natural selection has spared you so long. Will you reproach him with the needless torture he proposes to inflict upon you? He will smilingly assure you that the hyperæsthesia, which he hopes to induce, is in itself a most interesting phenomenon, deserving much patient study. Will you then, gathering up all your strength for one last desperate appeal, plead with him as with a fellow-man, and with an agonized cry for “Mercy !”
No greater service can be rendered to the cause of truth, in this fiercely contested field, than to reduce these shadowy, impalpable phantoms into definite forms, which can be seen, which can be grappled with, and which, when once fairly laid, we shall not need to exorcise a second time:
- That the infliction of pain on animals is a right of man, needing go justification.
All who recognise the difference of right and wrong must admit, if the question be closely pressed, that, the infliction of pain is in some cases wrong. Those who deny it are not likely to be amenable to argument. For what common ground have we? They must be restrained, like brute beasts, by physical force.
- That man is infinitely more important than the lower animals, so that the infliction of animal suffering, however great, is justifiable if it prevent human suffering, however small.
This fallacy can be assumed only when unexpressed. To put it into words is almost to refute it. Few, even in an age where selfishness has almost become a religion, dare openly avow a selfishness so hideous as this ! While there are thousands, I believe, who would be ready to assure the vivisectors that, so far as their personal interests are concerned, they are ready to forego any prospect they may have of a diminution of pain, if it can only be secured by the infliction of so much pain on innocent creatures.
But I have a more serious charge than that of selfishness to bring against the scientific men who make this assumption. They use it dishonestly, recognising it when it tells in their favour, and ignoring it when it tells against them. For does it not presuppose the axiom that human and animal suffering differ in kind? A strange assertion this, from the lips of people who tell us that man is twin-brother to the monkey !
- That the toleration of one form of an evil necessitates the toleration of all others.
Grant this, and you simply paralyze all conceivable efforts at reformation. How can we talk of putting down cruelty to animals when drunkenness is rampant in the land? You would propose, then, to legislate in the interests of sobriety? Shame on you ! Look at the unseaworthy ships in which our gallant sailors are risking their lives ! What ! Organize a crusade against dishonest shipowners, while our streets swarm with a population growing up in heathen ignorance ! We can but reply, non omnia possumus omnes. And surely the man who sees his way to diminish in any degree even a single one of the myriad evils around him, may well lay to heart the saying of a wise man of old, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
Posted on: January 7 2014
We’ve had some good progress for animals this year with the banning of cosmetics testing on animals in Europe and the announcement that mandatory animal testing is to be phased out in China.
Of course the highlight for all of us here was the Lush Prize awards ceremony where we were able to to join with this year’s prize winners in celebrating their work for the replacement of animals in testing.
We wish all a merry midwinter and all the best for the coming year.
Here’s to even more victories for animals in 2014!
The Lush Prize Team.
Posted on: December 20 2013
This is a good month for animal welfare. Firstly, China’s Food & Drug Administration has announced that from June 2014, China plans to remove its mandatory animal test requirements for domestically manufactured cosmetic products.
For the first time ever, Chinese companies producing ‘non-special use cosmetics’ such as shampoo or perfume will have the option to substantiate product safety using existing safety data for raw ingredients, or European Union-validated non-animal tests instead of having to submit product samples to the government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats.
Humane Society International (HSI) has been campaigning in China and their work has been supported by the Lush Prize, which they won in 2012. They estimate that as many as 300,000 rabbits, mice and other animals may be subject to cosmetics chemical testing each year in China alone.
Troy Seidle of HSI said the news marks a major milestone and this development is only the beginning of what he hopes to be a ‘paradigm shift’ towards 21st-century science without animals. ‘It looks like there could at last be a bright future for cruelty-free companies in China and hope on the horizon for an end to cosmetics cruelty’, he said.
Secondly, the Lush Prize are due to award £250,000 to groups and individuals at the forefront of the fight against animal testing. Find out how you can get involved by coming along to our free event or watching the awards ceremony from the comfort of your own home.
(the picture is by Carly & Art on flickr)
Posted on: November 11 2013
This incredibly moving video was made by just one of the wonderful organisations short-listed for this year’s Lush Prize.
The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.
Beagles are a popular breed for lab use because of their trusting, forgiving and people-pleasing nature. Testing on beagles in university and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics.
In this video two beagles take their first steps to a life free from torture – a reminder of just how important it is to fight animal testing today.
Join us on 13 November, or tune into the live stream on this site, to learn about dozens of other inspiring projects at the forefront of this fight. We’ll be awarding £250,000 to groups and individuals who work on lobbying, public awareness, science and training. During the afternoon we invite you to join us at a free event where you can learn more and meet the people involved.
Posted on: November 8 2013