Very moving and emotional to watch, I sobbed throughout!
Please take the time to sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-harlan-beagles and find out more about the disgraceful situation for beagle dogs at the Harlan centres http://savetheharlanbeagles.com/all-about-harlan/.
Please, please, please do your best to only use cruelty free products. Many people believe that cruelty free products are much more expensive. This is not the case. As with all products there is a price spectrum, so yes, some will be pricey, but not all. In the UK, Superdrug’s own brand household and personal care products are all BUAV approved thus free of animal testing with a specific cut off date for the use of animal tested ingredients (as opposed to a rolling rule, explained below) and are marked vegan where appropriate. The Co-operative (Co-op) household products are all BUAV approved and offers vegan products. Sainsbury’s personal care products (not household) are BUAV approved and vegan. Astonish household products which are available in pound shops and the 99p store are BUAV approved and vegan.
So you see, cruelty free products are easily accessible and affordable.
Check out the free Little Book Of Cruelty Free 2013 here; http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/downloads/lbcf.pdf or have a hard copy sent through the mail http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/consumer/get-involved/lbcf-request .
What is the ‘fixed cut-off date’ for animal testing versus a ‘rolling rule’ or ‘supplier specific boycott’?
‘A company which adheres to a fixed cut-off date (as required by the Humane Standards) does not allow animal tests for any of its finished products, ingredients or formulations after a set date. The particular date is determined by each company and is a pledge that ‘from this day forward’ (the fixed cut-off date) animal testing will not take place as part of the manufacturing of the company’s products.
By contrast, a company which operates a ‘rolling rule’ (such as a five-year rolling rule) will not use an ingredient which has been animal tested within the specified timeframe (five years for example). However, it can use those same ingredients once the time has elapsed, limiting the incentive for suppliers to develop alternative test methods.
Similarly, a company which operates a ‘supplier specific boycott’ can use ingredients tested on animals tomorrow, providing the supplier then agrees not to test in the future. Without a fixed cut-off date, no line is drawn, and animal testing within the industry may continue indefinitely.’ Source; BUAV, 2011.