Beautiful Photo Shoot Using Rescued Lab Animals

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Check out the link here to see beautiful photos of rescued lab animals–rats, rabbits, and guiena pigs–with an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Volunteer Attilia Conti with the Italian charity La Collina dei Conigli ONLUS took these pictures to help find the animals homes.

All of the featured animals were rescued from labs, and some have found loving homes.

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Most of the Way to My Goal

When I started writing this blog (a little over a year ago I think), I was fed up with myself for preaching animal rights while quietly buying health and beauty aids that were tested on animals. My goal was to replace all my household & beauty products that were tested on animals with cruelty-free products (and of course review the cruelty-free stuff on this blog). While I may not post as much as I intended to, I am very close to meeting my goal. I believe that I have replaced 80% of my household and beauty products with cruelty-free products that are as good if not better than the cruel ones.

Here are some things I am having the hardest time replacing, either because the cruelty-free counterparts are not as good or because I haven’t found them:

  • Chlorine bleach. I know that just reading those words makes lots of people cringe. It really is awful stuff. But dammit if I want white whites!! The “green” non-chlorine bleach just is not as effective. I don’t use it all the time–maybe once a week?–but when I use it, I need it. Like getting rid of the mildew on my fabric shower curtain.
  • Nail polish remover. I’ve looked around but haven’t found a cruelty-free version.
  • Depilatory cream. Again, haven’t found a cruelty-free version. I may not, in which case I need to try something else. I’ve heard good things about “sugaring,” and there are some companies that make cruelty-free sugaring kits. If I give one of them a try, I will be sure to post about it.

If anyone has good advice about the above list, I’m happy to have comments!

 

Intro to Leaping Bunny. Why YOU need to know them: recognize their logo. PART 1.

More important information on the Leaping Bunny certification and what it means.

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Think that scrumptious smelling shampoo you’re using is cruelty-free? Maybe it is. Or maybe some unfortunate rabbit had to sit in a restraint for hours while a substance was dripped in its eye to see what happens. It’s actually pretty hard for conscientious consumers to make heads or tails of all the ‘no animal testing’ labels on products (i.e. is it just the final product or its ingredients too?), especially since there are no federal guidelines in place to assess the validity of these claims.

That’s where Leaping Bunny comes in.  This cruelty-free certification program provides the best assurance that a product is free from any new animal testing. What does that mean exactly? Well, in reality, most substances (even water!) have been tested on animals in the past, so the Leaping Bunny Program requires companies and…

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Bill Gates Backs Vegan Meat Start Up

Michelle Neff

When billionaire philanthropist is investing in a faux meat start up, you know the future of meat is, well, fake meat. Bill Gates (who has said before that plant based meat is the future) is now investing in Beyond Meat, in a vegan meat start up.

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Earlier this year, Bill Gates named Beyond Meat–a startup that’s aiming for the mainstream, non-vegan market–as one of three companies that he thinks are shaping the future of food. Backed by Obvious Corporation (an incubator created by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and the company’s former VP of Product, Jason Goldman), Beyond Meat makes a variety of fake chicken strips (my personal favorite is the “grilled” flavor) that taste surprisingly like real meat–enough so that you might not be able to tell the difference if someone stuck it in, say, a burrito.

No word yet on how much Gates is…

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3D Printing: The End of Animal Testing?

Courtesy of LiveScience

Courtesy of LiveScience

Could 3D printing be the answer to cruelty-free drug testing? The U.S. Department of Defense thinks so. It is spending $24 million to back a project run by The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (with input from many others) to print miniature solid organs and vascular structures. Tony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, says

“The question is whether can you have a better system to test these drugs, so that you can bypass cell testing and animal testing by going straight to miniature organs.”

It could also speed drug development and save drug research companies millions of dollars, perhaps making our medicine cheaper. Read more about it here (my apologies for the Fox News link).

USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

Michelle Neff

Progress for dogs! Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today. This change, a long-held aspiration for The HSUS, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Doris Day Animal League, is decades in the making and will extend federal oversight to thousands of puppy mills that do business online.

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More info on Wayne Pacelle’s blog.

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