OPINIONby Tim Newton Three years ago the issue came into sharp focus in Phuket when a Ukraine company established ‘Nemo’, the first dolphinarium in Phuket, right next door to the Chalong Zoo. The dolphinarium drew a lot of kick-back from locals who took the NIMBY approach – Not In My Back Yard. They were applying their western values about the treatment of animals to the island they live on, and love. Despite their feelings on the matter local wildlife officials made the final decisions about the permits for the dolphinarium under a lot of pressure from some locals insistent that the new dolphin attraction was not appropriate. A LOT of pressure. They decided to grant the relevant permits for the building and the hosting of dolphins who would live there and entertain paying customers. The media, traditional and social, went fierce on the complex, before and after it opened. Social media was ripe with negative and dramatic commentary, disturbing photos and lots of … [Read more...] about Animal shows in Phuket. ‘Not in my back yard’!
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Several of today’s most popular personalities recently got together in support of Forever Against Animal Testing campaign at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Show host Janeena Chan, a popular beauty blogger, said it didn’t take much to convince her to lend her voice to the cause because she owns two cats – a Persian named Ribbon Darling and a half-Himalayan, half-Siamese mix named Toby. “It’s such a great advocacy that’s been around for quite some time now but not everyone is really aware of how cruel and violent animal tests really are,” she said. “So it’s great to be on board with The Body Shop in urging more and more people to act as one for this cause. I’m always open to using my voice for meaningful campaigns that can help make this world more beautiful, empowered, and kind…even to animals.” Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga, sister of Kapamilya star Daniel Matsunaga, revealed she keeps birds, chickens, dogs, and rabbits at … [Read more...] about Animals have feelings too
Cruelty Free International released figures that an estimated 500,000 animals continue to be used annually in animal testing for cosmetics. This roughly equates to 1,390 animals possibly harmed every day. Here’s more. Did you know that testing even a single ingredient for a deodorant, hair dye or sunscreen—even with guidelines set by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)—can easily involve the death of around 1,400 animals? Alarming as the number may sound, it cannot be avoided because in most countries, there is no law requiring cosmetic testing data to be made available to the public or even to regulators. Beyond figures, here are the ways animals can suffer cosmetic testing: Dripping ingredients into their eyes, smearing them on to their skin, injecting them into their bodies, force-feeding them, or making them inhale these substances to see possible effects. Among the animals usually used for animal testing are mice, rats, rabbits, … [Read more...] about 8 million signatures needed in fight against animal testing
Cruelty Free International estimates more than 500,000 animals are used for testing every year. That’s 1,390 animals a day. With 150 new ingredients being introduced annually by cosmetics companies in Europe alone, it is possible that there are 450 ingredients introduced all over the world each year. The testing of just one ingredient for a deodorant, hair dye, or sunscreen, using the guidelines set by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), could involve the death of around 1,400 animals. In most countries, there is no requirement to make cosmetic testing data available to the public or even to regulators. Cosmetics ingredients and substances are dripped into animals’ eyes or smeared on to their skin; animals can also be injected, force-fed, or made to inhale these substances. Animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters, may be injured in the process or suffer the damaging results of the chemicals. Typical effects include … [Read more...] about It’s time to join the fight against animal testing
Wearing a white bathrobe, Chloe is comfortably sprawled on a grey fur blanket. She looks intently at the camera, while a silver tray full of Urban Decay cosmetics lies at her feet. Sounds like your regular beauty influencer featuring a paying advertiser in a post on Instagram? Chloe is anything but. She is a mini frenchie – merely one of the many rising stars in the world of social pet influencers. And increasingly, these four-legged furballs are becoming the latest faces of beauty brands, touting their products and headlining some of their biggest digital campaigns. Urban Decay, The Body Shop, Too Faced, Nyx and Smashbox are among the beauty brands that have recently chosen to hire dogs and other pets as their brand ambassadors, specifically on Instagram. There has been an uptick in the number of beauty and fashion brands inquiring to partner with pets in recent months, confirmed Loni Edwards, managing partner at The Dog Agency, an influencer agency that … [Read more...] about Beauty brands are now paying dogs and cats to tout their products on Instagram