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Friday, 28 August 2009

Putting The 'Human' Into Humane

Any genuine vegetarian must support the campaign to find alternatives to animals being used in scientific tests. 
But it's almost impossible to persuade most women that it's insufficient simply not to buy cosmetics labelled 'non-animal-tested' as so many products themselves contain animals-based ingredients. I wear very little make-up these days but that I do use is made by 'Beauty Without Cruelty' which is still not pure enough for diehard veggie-vegans.
Meanwhile, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, birds, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, dogs, cats, and non-human primates—are used as experimental subjects each year throughout the world.

The Humane Society International (HSI) is committed to reducing that number to zero through  science, law, educational outreach, government lobbying and the international support of more than 10 million members worldwide.


From 30 August 30 to 03 September, scientists and others committed to the advancement of alternatives to animal testing and experimentation—including senior staff from Humane Society International and our sister organisations—will gather in Rome, Italy for the Seventh World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.
The motto for this Congress is "Calling on Science," a title that emphasises the fact that scientific advances are the foundation of progress towards the ultimate replacement of animals in safety testing and other types of laboratory experiments. This year marks a number of key milestones and setbacks along the road to replacement, including the 50th anniversary of the book that launched the modern alternatives movement, the second phase of the European Union marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics, and first wave of testing under the EU’s “REACH” chemicals regulation, which is projected to spell suffering and death for up to 20 million animals.



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