In the first of two blogs, Cruelty Free International Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, gives the low down on how Cruelty Free International works to save animals in laboratories around the world.
One of the reasons for our change of name was to reflect our global ambition. We want to save the 4 million animals used in British experiments each year. And we want to save the more than 100 million animals who are tested on annually worldwide.
But how realistic is it? Can one organisation really change the world? As a first step, we focused on stamping out the cruel and antiquated safety testing of cosmetics on animals.
It already seems bizarre to think that a shampoo could be tested by forcing the ingredients into the eyes of rabbits held in a frame for days while they suffer. It’s still happening – but it’s starting to die out, thanks to our campaigns around the globe.
So how do we do it? We follow a few fundamental rules: