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Animals exploited

Every minute of every day, seven animals are used for research in the UK — we look into the laws, legislations and alternatives to animal testing

‘Cruelty-free’ is something that we as vegans strive to encompass in everything we do, eat, wear and use. It’s difficult to think about the sheer scale of animal tests that are conducted around the world each day for the sake of humans, but it’s something that needs to be confronted. Across the globe, testing happens throughout the cosmetics, food and drink, medical, warfare, animal health, cleaning, and educational industries, where animals (many genetically modified) are forced to test the safety of products from mascara and dog food, to bleach and hearing aids, as well as in experiments that stem from pure scientific curiosity. Research by Cruelty Free International (CFI, and Animal Free Research (AFR, estimates that at least 115 million animals are used in experiments worldwide each year. Worse still, it has been found that animal experimentation is not in decline, and in many parts of the world it is actually increasing in frequency, or remaining at the same level as it was in the 80s and 90s, when less was known about the sentience of animals. Although many countries have made progress with bans on using animals to test cosmetics (for example, EU member countries, Australia and Canada), these prohibitions are a grain of sand in the scale of the other experiments that are still legally required, or allowed, involving animals.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our April issue. This month we’ve spent a lot of time discussing advocacy at Vegan Life HQ. The internet has undeniably had a huge impact on spreading the vegan message and our cover star, Monami Frost, is one person who uses her platform for good. She tells us why vegans don’t have to compromise and shares her top tips for advocating online. We were lucky enough to talk to Rich Hardy, now head of campaigns at Veganuary, who has spent 20 years working undercover to expose animal cruelty — putting himself in risky and potentially dangerous situations to share the stories of so many voiceless animals. It was great to catch up with Bob from ETHCS to see how the departure of Tim Shieff has changed things for the vegan brand. They’re so passionate about making ethical and vegan clothing easy and accessible to buy, and also have some exciting plans coming up. Tony Galuidi has written a thought provoking piece on how to approach advocacy — it sparked a big office debate, so we rolled the question out to our readers — should we be more supportive of those cutting down meat, but not cutting it out? Read what was said. Have a great month,

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