I can still remember the day when the vet called me that my baby Calvin, a Shih Tzu, was about to say goodbye. I cancelled all my meetings and drove as fast as I could from Ortigas to Alabang (where he was confined). I took the skyway and did not mind the speed limit because for me, it was an emergency and I had to be there no matter what it takes. Obviously, at the toll gate, I was flagged down and an officer said I went over the speed limit. I explained why and he asked who was in the hospital. When I said my dog is about to die, he laughed so hard. Until now, my heart is pounding so fast out of anger whenever I remember that day.
Also, remember Dolce? I shared our story in this post – https://lushangel.com/2015/09/08/my-last-goodbye-to-dolce/. While he was sick, I had to drop almost everything just to make sure he is okay. Then, it took me weeks to recover when Dolce left me.
My dogs are part of our family. They are not “just dogs”. They are everything to me. This explains why I’m against animal testing.
Cruelty Free International estimates that more than 500,000 animals are used for testing ingredients each year. Do you know that testing just one ingredient for hair dye, sunscreen or deodorant could cause death of around 1,400 animals? Please, NOOOO!!!
This is why The Body Shop campaigns against cosmetic testing on animals since 1989. In fact, they are the first international brand who did this in partnership with Cruelty Free International. This paved the way to the European Union-wide ban on animal testing in 2013. It was definitely a success as the campaign was able to collect 1 million signatures and influenced the Asia Pacific Region to follow.
Success? Well, it is, but it is just the start! Unfortunately, 80% of the countries worldwide still allow animal testing of cosmetic products. WHY??? 🙁
This is why The Body Shop still continues this campaign, #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting #FAAT. They added a bunny logo or “against animal testing” sign on all The Body Shop products, certified by Cruelty Free International.
How can we help stop animal testing?
All of us can take part and it only takes a minute to do it! Just SIGN THE PETITION! You can visit any The Body Shop store to sign OR you can do it online. Just visit www.foreveragainstanimaltesting.com and www.thebodyshop.com/ban-animal-testing. They are hoping to collect 8 million signatures to end cosmetic testing on animals all over the world.
You can also use the hashtags #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting and #FAAT and post on your social media accounts to raise awareness.
Here are more photos during the event…