It has been over a month since I started working at The Body Shop and I can honestly say that I am so happy to have found this job! Even though there as always been a part of me that stands up for equality, fair trade, ethical practices and animal rights, I have never felt so strongly about speaking more openly about my beliefs regarding these topics that are still a problem in current times. There is a wealth of information that can be found through The Body Shop on how the source, grow and create their products, as well as what they give back to the planet and the people. I am very proud to be in their team to work on creating a better world for all.
Anita was one unstoppable woman, who was well ahead of her time by creating a brand that not only made natural based cosmetics but also built a strong community together with the farmers and producers to give them a sustainable income and have a good life. Also, The Body Shop is the first cosmetics company in the world to campaign against animal testing and was the first to be issued the ‘Leaping Bunny’ Logo to certify that their products are never tested on animals.
This logo was initiated in 1996 by Cruelty Free International which is a global leading organisation aiming to create a world that is free from animal experimentation. Their team of dedicated experts work on undercover investigations, political campaigns and much more in order to educate and inspire others to be on board with their project. With over 100 years of experience, this organisation has made many groundbreaking achievements such as enforcing an EU ban on animal testing and is currently gaining progress to do the same in countries such as China and Korea.
So on a mission to carry on Anita’s ethos, The Body Shop has joined Cruelty Free International in a campaign to put a stop to cosmetic animal testing for good, through…
This is a bid to the United Nations to put an end to testing all cosmetics on animals once and for all. It may be their biggest and most ambitious campaign to date, but that will not stop them from doing all they can to ensure that this petition goes through.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “Because 80% of countries around the world still allow animal testing for cosmetics, a global ban is the only way to truly eliminate animal suffering. We are delighted to join forces with The Body Shop once again to campaign for a ban that would finally end animal testing forever.”
I don’t really want to go into a great lot of detail into the horrific abuse that animals can be exposed to in labs because it is too upsetting for me to even think about. But I do believe it’s important to note the types of testing that go on:
- injecting and force feeding using harmful substances
- exposure to radiation
- exposure to frightening situations that can cause anxiety and depression
- removal of organs or tissue to deliberately cause harm
No animal deserves this kind of treatment. They are innocent creatures that have every right to live a good life as any other. The fact that this goes on under the title of ‘fundamental’ research is beyond me when in the past 20 years, only 5% of experiments were ever approved.If you believe in the ‘Forever Against Animal Testing’ Campaign then would you please sign the petition so that we can to get this law put into action!
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