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.
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!
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).