Canada Heading Towards An Animal Testing Ban

I recently had a debate on WP with someone about the issue of testing cosmetics on animals. Instead of offering logical, unbiased arguments, this person eventually chose to ban my comments from their post, a pretty cowardly and insecure act from someone who claimed I lacked confidence in my position. Luckily, I’m too self-assured and angered by injustice to be silenced.

Peter Dinklage joined the #BeCrueltyFree campaign and has been associated with Cruelty Free International for the last few years.

Canada is the latest nation progressing towards a Cruelty-free ban, which would see an end to testing cosmetic products on animals. The EU brought in a ban in 2013, though many major cosmetic companies allow others to carry out animal tests on their behalf, so that they can sell their products in China, which lags behind other nations in animal welfare on this issue.

Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen has recently introduced a bill to implement a Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which will not only ban animal testing for cosmetics, but also prohibit the sale of imported products that have been animal-tested in other parts of the world.

Despite viable alternatives, such as artificial human skin, cosmetics are often still tested on animals, in a system that is outdated and unnecessary.

100,000 animals from around the world are blinded, poisoned and killed yearly in cosmetic tests; this includes rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits.

The advantages of non-animal tests are outlined by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, and they include:

  • more reliable test results that can be safely applied to humans
  • fewer errors and miscalculations in interpreting data
  • far more cost effective
  • takes a fraction of the time to produce results
  • less hazardous waste created from dead, toxic animals, therefore more environmentally friendly.

If you want ethical products, look for the Leaping Bunny label. Boots and Superdrug offer many excellent cruelty free, inexpensive own brand products.

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Shabani the Handsome Gorilla

I kind of get it. I can see how you might think a silverback is sexy – they seem to be made entirely of muscle. But what do young Japenese women find so attractive about Shabani, the famous hunky gorilla of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens?

It’s his brooding good looks, and the fact that he’s a loving dad. Two words keep coming out from all the social media associated with Shabani:

ikemen: It’s the Japanese slang for “handsome guy”. The word is a combination of “I-ke” (pronounced “ee-kay”), which is an abbreviation of a word meaning “cool” or just “good”, and “men” derived from the English.

Ikumen: Another slang word meaning “a hands-on dad who looks after his children” – “iku” being an abbreviation of the word “iku-ji” which means “raising children”.

This fascination with the ‘human-ness’ of this gorilla has shown that by examining the facial expressions of some animals we recognize deep cognition, striking sexuality and strong family relationships. This is not to anthropomorphize Shabani, but to attribute animal qualities to humans; zoomorphism, in the sense that personifying animals reminds us we are a highly evolved animal species.

“Thinking Deep Thoughts.”

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