1st June 2016
How you’ve helped animals in laboratories
Celebrating one year as Cruelty Free International
Did you know it’s been a year since Cruelty Free International and the BUAV joined forces? We’re now working under one name to increase our reach as the voice for animals in laboratories worldwide.
And with your help, we’ve achieved so much over the last 12 months for animals. Here are a few of our favourite highlights:
You’ve saved hundreds of thousands of animals from cruel chemicals tests
- This month, decision-makers approved an alternative to the cruel skin allergy test on mice and guinea pigs. The move could save 200,000 animals from this painful test.
- Up to 3000 rabbits and rats were spared from two nasty animal tests when European chemicals bosses decided in March that they were no longer required.
- In January, Europe voted to stop demanding another cruel test, saving 18,000 rabbits from the horror of chemicals being dripped into their eyes or rubbed on their skin.
You’ve made huge leaps forward in ending cosmetics testing around the world
- We’re delighted that South Korea has passed a Bill to ban companies testing cosmetics and ingredients on animals by 2018!
- Argentina, Brazil, Russia and the USA are also making progress with Bills to ban animal testing for cosmetics
- The first cruelty free companies in China, Russia and Thailand are proud to have gained Leaping Bunny certification
You’re telling the world it’s barking mad to use dogs in experiments
- Over 200 dogs have been released from an Indian laboratory thanks to a new government policy we campaigned for
- We’re challenging the UK government in court to stop a dog breeding farm in the north of England and save the #YorkshireBeagles
- An Italian court has confirmed prison sentences for a #YorkshireBeagles former executive who was given a 1.5 years suspended sentence for cruelty to dogs
You’ve made new friends for animals in laboratories
We’ve also made some new friends this year who’ve stepped up and used their voices for animals in laboratories. We’re delighted that superstar violinist Vanessa-Mae is our Global Ambassador, and speaks so passionately about ending animal experiments.
And we’re thrilled that Simon Cowell, comedian and author Julian Clary, and actors Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Eleanor Matsuura (Cuffs) joined Vanessa-Mae for a photo shoot with acclaimed photographer Rankin to speak out for our global campaign to end dog experiments.
You’ve exposed the truth about animal experiments
Staying true to our roots, we’ve relentlessly exposed the truth about animal experiments, shining a light on tests on ex-racehorses and Dartmoor ponies, exposing food tests by Danone, Nestle and Yakult, and revealing the worst UK universities for animal testing.
Thanks to our vital evidence, Laos is facing suspension in its export of long-tailed macaque monkeys destined for laboratories around the world.
You’ve supported cruelty free science
And finally, our team of expert scientists have published ground-breaking papers showing that using animals to test drugs for humans is not fit-for-purpose, and that experiments on monkeys’ brains are flawed and unnecessary.
None of this would have been possible without your continued support. Animals in laboratories need all the help they can get – thank you for being on their side.