On November 17, 2005, to the delight of animal advocates, the European Parliament rejected a proposed European Union (EU) Trapping Directive.
The Directive — which was opposed by groups such as the Fur Free Alliance, of which API is a member — would have codified into EU law standards for testing animal traps.
If accepted, the Directive would have done animals more harm than good by sanctioning standards that lack scientific merit and by legitimizing and entrenching the use of leghold and other cruel, body-gripping traps.
Government agents opened fire on the nesting birds. The birds panicked. Normally one or the other, if not both, parents would attend the nest, but with bullets slamming into some, others were forced to flee from what was, ironically, a bird sanctuary. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources had turned the “sanctuary” into a slaughterhouse.
Every year billions of animals are raised and killed for human consumption. On today’s high-production farms, animals are crammed into tiny cages or crowded pens, unable to express natural behaviors, see sunlight, or even breathe fresh air. Farm animals undergo painful mutilations and surgical procedures performed without anesthetic that would be illegal if performed on cats or dogs. In fact, 30 U.S. states have enacted laws that specifically exempt farm animals from certain parts of their anti-cruelty statutes. Thereby certain acts, no matter how cruel, are outside the realm of legal protection as long as the acts are deemed accepted, common, customary, or normal farming practices.
All of us at API would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the great companies that joined the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) in 2005.
These companies have made the commitment to end animal testing by agreeing to abide by the most stringent Standard out there — the one ensuring that no animal testing is part of a company’s manufacturing process now, or ever!
Here's a quick "cheat sheet" to help you become an expert "fur or faux" detective:
API’s Guide to Decoding Product Labels and Testing Claims
Many compassionate consumers rely on product labels to guide them in making ethical purchasing choices.
Unfortunately, labeling can be disingenuous, particularly when it comes to claims regarding animal testing. API supports only those cosmetics and personal care and household products certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics.
North American activists working to end the testing of cosmetics and household products on animals can take heart in — and be inspired by — the success of their counterparts in Europe.
What's a better purchase than an adorable new friend from a pet store? Just about anything! In many people's minds, pet shops are fun places, full of adorable animals romping and playing while patiently awaiting their "forever home."