Category: Vivisection

Because the future is free from animal testing…

 

A world-leading animal testing laboratory in the UK closes the doors – Because the future is animal-free!

 

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Great Britain is sending out an important signal for forward-looking research: The animal testing laboratory of the famous Sanger Institute is closed.
Official reason: Increased focus on modern, animal-free research systems.
The nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments welcomes this strategy and urges animal testing laboratories in this country to use the signs of the time also.

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The Wellcome Sanger Institute” in Hinxton, UK, is one of the world’s leading centers for genome research. The charity is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the world’s second richest foundation to promote medical research.

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The institute near Cambridge employs 900 people, 70 of them in the animal testing laboratory. For the past 13 years, this has supplied thousands of researchers around the world with a variety of animals, including frogs, fish, rats and mice – many of them genetically modified.

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Following an in-depth review of the Institute’s strategy, it was decided that the Animal Research Institute, which was built in 2006 for £ 30 million (just under € 34 million), will be closed by 2022 at the latest.

As the renowned scientific journal nature reports, the reason for the decision is the rapid global establishment of human-based research models such as 3-dimensional cell culture systems and organoids. They want to increasingly rely on these research systems, as they are forward-looking. For example, the Sanger Institute participates in the international Human Cell Atlas project, in which all cell types of the human body are characterized in detail.

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This decision is a great signal and a huge success for human-based, animal-free research that needs to be further developed and promoted,” says Dr. Tamara Zietek, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments.
Dr. Zietek himself has been researching for years on 3-dimensional intestinal organoids at the TU Munich and witnessed the impressive development of these systems within the last 10 years.

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“Animal testing facilities need to be closed to allow funding– either from the state or, as in this case, from a foundation- to be used to build new centers dedicated to high-performance human-based in vitro research.”

Berlin is a model for this research, where the new research campus “The Simulated Man” is currently being built.
Emphasis should be there the development of new immunotherapies with cancer.

“For tens of millions of dollars to build new animal laboratories, as it is planned, for example, in Hamburg, is economically and scientifically dumb and absolutely not forward-looking,” complains. med. Zietek.

 

https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/neuigkeiten/2945-weltweit-fuehrendes-tierversuchslabor-in-grossbritannien-schliesst-die-pforten

 

My comment: The well-known cancer researcher Dr. Irwin D. J. Bross, head of the Department of Life Statistics at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in New York, said something very important about animal testing:

“Not a single drug for the treatment of human cancer was originally found through an animal experiment … The results of animal models of drugs or other remedies have caused nothing but confusion, and misled those cancer researchers who tried to draw conclusions from mice to humans pull. […]. From a scientific point of view, experiments on animals can therefore be described as pure fraud. Privately they (the experimenters) will admit that the animal model does not work, but they react with a “shrug of their shoulders” when asked if it works.

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The animal experiment is simply a criminal method that must be abolished. We do not need alternatives for that. But we need a completely new system. So an animal-free research system. “

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Let’s rescue the 6 macaques from the lab in Torino!

 

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Monkeys should not be blinded!

Our Italian partner organization LAV has launched a petition to the Italian Minister of Health Guilia Grillo. Here is the translation of the petition text:

When they woke up, they did not understand what had happened. They only felt strong pain. When they tried to open their eyes, they realized that something terrible had happened: they could not see anymore!!

The #UniversityTurin is responsible for a new series of animal experiments on 6 macaque monkeys, in which the animals are surgically blinded, that is blinded – for studies on visual impairment in humans.

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The macaques are first “trained” to be fixed in a primate chair for hours each day and to recognize images on a screen. After this phase, they are blinded. Invasive surgery on the brain is painful and should be done in the fall. The entire trial project is 5 years long. To stop that, we have to get active now!

The study will be carried out at the same time – not later – on human volunteers. Research into the treatment of visual impairment has made great strides, thanks to experiments with volunteer patients who are fully aware of it. Not surprisingly, animal testing fails in 95% * of the cases. The planned animal experiments are therefore not only ethically unacceptable, but what should be their purpose?

Months ago, we asked the Ministry of Health for a protocol of the planned trials from LAV, but access to it was denied. That’s why we turned to TAR twice: we citizens have the right to know what the EU Commission’s € 2 million in public money will be spent on!

We urge Minister Giulia Grillo to immediately stop the animal experimentation project “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” and to give the monkeys to rescue centers and / or animal welfare associations without delay.

Let us save the 6 macaques from these atrocities! Help us – before it’s too late!

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* NCATS (US NIH). About the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. https://ncats.nih.gov/about # Doctors Against Animals Trials #Animal Trials #Research

Here is the original text of the petition in Italian and the petition.
Please signe and share: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

Al loro risveglio non capiranno cosa gli è successo. Sentiranno solo tanto dolore. Quando proveranno ad aprire gli occhi, i macachi scopriranno una cosa terribile: non ci vedranno più.

L’Università di Torino è responsabile di una nuova sperimentazione durante la quale 6 macachi verranno operati e resi ciechi per studi su deficit visivi nell’essere umano.

I macachi verranno prima sottoposti a un training durante il quale, quasi ogni giorno, per ore, verranno immobilizzati su delle sedie e costretti a riconoscere delle immagini. Dopo questa fase verranno resi ciechi. L’intervento al cervello, molto invasivo e doloroso, si svolgerà in autunno e l’intera sperimentazione durerà 5 anni. Per fermarla dobbiamo agire, subito!

Lo studio verrà condotto contemporaneamente, e non dopo, anche su volontari umani: la ricerca su nuove cure per persone ipovedenti ha compiuto passi importanti solo grazie alle sperimentazioni su malati umani consapevoli. Non c’è da stupirsi, visto che i test sugli animali falliscono, ufficialmente, in oltre il 95 % dei casi*. Quindi oltre a essere inaccettabile moralmente, che senso ha questa sperimentazione?

Noi di LAV mesi fa abbiamo chiesto al Ministero della Salute il Protocollo di questo esperimento, ma l’accesso agli atti ci è stato negato. Per questo abbiamo fatto ricorso due volte al TAR: i cittadini hanno il diritto di sapere in che modo verranno spesi due milioni di euro di fondi pubblici dati dalla Commissione Europea!

Chiediamo alla Ministra della Salute Giulia Grillo di interrompere immediatamente la sperimentazione “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” e di liberare subito i macachi affidandoli a Centri di recupero e/o ad Associazioni animaliste.

Salviamo i 6 macachi da questa crudeltà. Aiutaci anche tu. Prima che sia troppo tardi.

 

My comment: Do you remember Britches?

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Britches was born in March 1985 in the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Britches was an infant monkey that was withdrawn right after the birth of his mother.
His eyes were sewn up in an experimental laboratory.

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At his head an electric sonar device was fixed with bandages, which should function like a visual guide and should issue warning tones. Britches was to serve as a “test animal” in a three-year study that examined the behavior and development of 24 monkeys under the influence of a sensory replacement system.

In 1985, Britches (and 460 more animals) were freed by brave ALF activists.
Treatment of the animals in the laboratory has been described as sadistic and inhuman. Britches stands as a symbol for the millions of animals that are still tortured to death with increasing numbers in laboratories.

He was fortunate, though he became blind, to be liberated.

Britches was released by the ALF in a sanctuary in Mexico, where he was adopted by a female monkey, which had already reared several monkey orphans and was then able to lead a loving life among his peers.

Since then the eyes of monkey babies at the University of California are no longer sewn shut!

But the Labor Mafia in the University of Torino still relies on the same torture methods as the University of California although this cruel method was practiced almost 35 years ago and proved to be a failure!!
Animal experiments do not work and have no scientific value, every good and honest scientist knows it. The animal experiments are the quackery in medicine and therefore worthless.

Please sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: British Man with Muscular Dystrophy requested to see University dogs who have been bred to suffer from canine MD and are imprisoned in a laboratory there. He was Banned from the the Uni for 2 Years for peaceful his actions.

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Johnathon Byrne—a British business owner who has muscular dystrophy (MD)—has filed a lawsuit against Texas A&M University for allegedly violating his civil rights.

During a visit to Texas A&M, Byrne—who must use a wheelchair at all times—peacefully requested to see the dogs who have been bred to suffer from canine MD and are imprisoned in a laboratory there.

Following that request, university police detained him, booted him from campus, and banned him from returning for two years.

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The lawsuit alleges that the school flagrantly violated Byrne’s constitutional rights that guarantee free speech and protection against false arrest.

Help the dogs whose suffering in Texas A&M’s cruel and useless MD experiments Byrne cares so deeply about:

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At Texas A&M University (TAMU), experimenters led by Joe Kornegay breed golden retrievers to develop canine muscular dystrophy (MD). This disease ravages their bodies, causing progressive muscle wasting and weakness. Studies using these animals haven’t led to a cure or even a treatment to reverse disease symptoms.

Video footage shows that the appallingly thin dogs in Kornegay’s laboratory were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells and struggled to swallow thin gruel—the only food that they could eat, given how easily they could choke. Long ropes of saliva hung from the mouths of those whose jaw muscles had weakened. Even balancing was difficult. Dogs with this condition are also at great risk for contracting pneumonia because they can easily inhale liquid into their lungs.

Dogs who didn’t have the disease but carried the MD gene were used for breeding. Deprived of loving homes, they frantically paced across the slatted floors and bit the bars of the small cages in frustration. They didn’t even have the comfort of a blanket.

To gauge just how much a dog’s muscles have deteriorated, Kornegay has invented a crude technique that could pass for medieval torture: He repeatedly stretches them with a motorized lever in order to cause muscle tears.

Kornegay has been at this for more than 35 years. Puppies in his laboratory who are born with MD are so weak at birth that they require extra nutrition. By 6 weeks of age, their hind limbs have shifted forward, making walking difficult, and some are unable to open their mouths or jaws.

 

Take Action – help the suffering dogs:

Director Richard Linklater, actor Lily Tomlin, political commentator Bill Maher, NFL player Ryan Tannehill, and, most recently, musician Nikki Sixx have all spoken out against TAMU’s MD experiments on dogs. Please join them by urging the university to close its dog laboratory, stop breeding dogs to have MD, release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect its resources toward humane research methods.

https://support.peta.org/page/1007/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0619::viv::PETA::E-Mail::Man%20With%20Muscular%20Dystrophy%20Harassed%20at%20Texas%20AM::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=248780

The new hope: personalized medicine

 

Rats, mice, fish, pigs, goats, birds, monkeys, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs. It can be said that there is no species that is not used in animal experiments.

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Animal experiments are not only unethical and morally objectionable, but scientifically unreliable too. Humans and animals are fundamentally different in their physiologies such that data obtained from animal experiments cannot be applied to humans.

This film by the German NGODoctors Against Animal Experiments” shows some of the possibilities of innovative research methods based on cells of human origin that are scientifically sound and provide human-relevant data.

Mini-organs and multi-organ chips allow a research that not only brings reliable results for humans, but also works without animal experiments.

There is no complete man on a chip yet, but the developments are in full swing.
Single organ chips are already available: Heart, intestine, lung, kidney, liver and currently a mini brain was developed. Watch the video!

Here individual human organs are reproduced. The advantage is that they are based on human material, such as cardiac cells, which, for example, occur during surgery anyway. This will test drugs or other substances. Such organ chips can be connected with small tubes – almost to a mini human.

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Who is interested in leaving everything as it is during animal experiments?

There is a billionaire animal experiment lobby behind. Animal experiments can make huge sums of money. Whole industries thrive, from the laboratory equipment companies that sell all the equipment to the breeders of the animals.
Everyone can order animals for experiments as in the catalog.
And, of course, the researchers themselves, who are getting funds for doing animal experiments. The more they publish in professional journals, the more money they receive for new animal experiments.

This is the self-sustaining system of the laboratory mafia.

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Apart from ethics, animal experiments are a very fatal aberration, if one believes that he wants to cure or understand human diseases. Although this is spread in the public, but does not correspond to the facts. And the vast majority of animal experiments, more than 40 percent,  serve from the outset the purportedly purposeless basic research.

Of the few drugs that make it to the market, up to 50 percent are withdrawn because they show side effects, sometimes even with death, show, which could not be detected in animal studies before. This is further proof that the animal experiment is not suitable for creating security for us consumers.

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Scientific studies prove again and again that animal experiments do more harm than good. Accordingly, announced medical breakthroughs, such as cancer, are missing.

It is a consumer security faked, which is not given in reality. Rather, animal testing is a tool to legally protect companies, such as the chemical industry, in the case someone is harmed or killed.

An end to animal testing does not mean an end to medical research. On the contrary: Without animal experiments, medicine would be much further, because animal experiments only stop medical progress.

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My comment: Cancer is a typical example of the chronic failure of animal experimental medicine.
It may be that with some types of cancer certain treatment successes are to be observed.
But given the billions of investments in chemos, radiation, medicines etc … and the millions of cruelly tortured animal victims, the overall balance is sobering to catastrophic.

 
“The history of cancer research is the story of how to cure cancer in mice. For decades, we have been curing cancer in mice, but it has not worked out in humans” (Dr. Richard Klausner, Director of the American National Cancer Institute).

My best regards, Venus

Experimenter: a job for psychopaths

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It’s a basement torture chamber.

Documents obtained by PETA reveal that Johns Hopkins experimenter Shreesh Mysorecuts into the skulls of barn owls, inserts electrodes into their brains, forces them to look at screens for hours a day, and bombards them with noises and lights—and pretends that doing this will tell us something about attention-deficit disorder in humans

Funded by Johns Hopkins University with more than $1 million, Mysore intends to use 50 to 60 barn owls in just the current set of painful experiments. He’s also received more than $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to torment these owls and other animals.

 

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Six owls are just for his students to practice surgery on and then kill.

What He Does to Owls
Mysore cuts into owls’ skulls to expose their brains. Then, he screws and glues metal devices onto their heads. The owls endure two to three invasive surgeries before Mysore uses them in experiments.

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These birds—who are nocturnal hunters who would fly great distances in their natural habitat – are forced into plastic tubes so cramped that they can’t move their wings while Mysore bombards them with sounds and lights and measures their brain activity.

For some experiments, he restrains fully conscious owls for up to 12 hours.

During these experiments, he pokes electrodes around in the brains of the fully conscious birds, mutilating their brain tissue so severely that they become “unusable” to him – at which point he kills them.

Mysore admits that his experiments are painful for the owls,yet in his grant application for the experiments, he provides scant information on any pain medication that would be administered.

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All the owls are killed at the end of the experiments.

Mysore claims that his experiments could help humans, but owls have well-developed auditory and visual systems that are specialized in target selection (unlike humans).

Bombarding these animals with artificial stimulation while their brain activity is measured in a distressing and completely unnatural situation does nothing to further understanding of human attention-deficit disorder. 

In another published work, Mysore describes how he placed the owls in a retention tube so that they were vulnerable – an unnatural position for them – and then, screwing the bolts connected to their skulls into a “stereotactic device” moved their heads.

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts more than $ 15 billion in tax credits for animal testing.

Johns Hopkins is at the head of the line to drive the government’s Gravy Train and secure hundreds of millions of dollars a year for experiments on animals.

 Tell Johns Hopkins University to end this torment now!

Putting your subject line and letter into your own words will help draw attention to your e-mail.

Please sign the petition: https://support.peta.org/page/7677/action/1

 

My comment: Those all are called Mengele, all these remind us of the brown times with the experiments on humans in German laboratories in the Nazi times .

Psychopaths, unscrupulous sadists, who build a rich carefree life and career on murder and torture of defenseless animals and have the audacity to state publicly that they are pursuing these cruel works for the good of the people`s health.

“There are only two reasons for animal testing: either one knows too little about it or earns too much of it”

 

My best regards, Venus

 

 

UK: Tell the Ministry of Defence to Stop the UK Military Travelling to Denmark for ‘Trauma Training’ (Using live animals).

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Between 2010 and 2017, experimenters at a top-secret UK government laboratory killed almost 50,000 animals in horrific tests. They exposed monkeys to biological weapons, poisoned guinea pigs, and blasted pigs with explosives.

Twice a year, UK military personnel travel to Denmark to participate in deadly trauma training drills, in which they repeatedly shoot live animals such as pigs or subject them to severe blast wounds from explosions.

Non-animal training methods are already widely available, and new technology is under development, so there’s no justification for torturing and killing animals.

Please urge the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to stop shooting, stabbing, and dismembering pigs in cruel military training:

 

Regards Mark.

 

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Australia: great news!

 

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From 1 July 2020, Australia will have a de facto ban on new animal testing for chemicals solely used in cosmetics.

 

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Whilst the ban does not actually apply to animal testing as such, it targets the use of data from animal testing to prove that chemicals manufactured in or imported to Australia are safe to humans and the environment and is therefore, for all intents and purposes, a ban. Under the new legislation, industrial chemicals for sole use in cosmetics can be imported or manufactured only if they provide safety data that do not rely on new animal testing. This provides a disincentive for companies to conduct toxicity (safety) testing on animals, because such data will not be acceptable under the new legislation.

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The new legislation

The Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 became legislation on 12 March 2019. It is part of a package of Acts and establishes a legislative framework for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). It replaces the previous scheme, the Australian Government’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

From 1 July 2020, AICIS will regulate the introduction (importation and manufacture) of industrial chemicals. This will ensure that chemicals used in consumer products are safe for consumers and the environment.

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Under the new Act, industrial chemicals do not include chemicals used for agricultural, veterinary or therapeutic purposes, or in food or feed. These are regulated by other legislation. Cosmetic products are considered industrial chemicals, and they will be regulated under AICIS.

The new legislation does not apply to historical animal test data. The restrictions only apply to data obtained by a test on animals conducted after 1 July 2020.

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Ministerial Rules

The Act gives power to the Minister to make rules that guide the implementation of the Act. The Act provides an overarching framework, and Ministerial Rules will add much of the detail of how the scheme will operate. This is where Minister McKenzie’s 11 commitments made to Humane Society International (HSI) and the #BeCrueltyFree Australia Campaign will come into play.

The Minister’s commitments

Despite the fact that most ingredients for cosmetics have multiple end uses, we are encouraged that the Government has promised to look at the possibility of extending the ban to include multi-use cosmetics ingredients.

This promise is one of Minister McKenzie’s 11 commitments to HSI, which had lobbied for additional measures to strengthen the ban.

The 11 commitments, if adopted as Ministerial Rules, will reduce animal testing of cosmetics ingredients further, and will perhaps signpost the way towards a broader ban on animal testing of chemicals and drugs.

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Animal testing can and must be banned when better, cruelty-free methods are available. Such  human-relevant, non-animal test methods are already available and are being used in other countries, for example in the European Union. But we need more of these methods, and government support is essential for further progress in this area.

So it is reassuring that Minister McKenzie has made a commitment to explore whether it is possible to make a portion of existing funding available to support the development and uptake of new animal-free testing methods that will be acceptable under the new legislation.

Other Ministerial commitments refer to encouraging the cosmetics industry not to use animal test data even if the legislation allows them to do so, to publish statistics on the use of animal test data, and generally consult with all stakeholders. For example, she committed to “Include representatives from HSI and other relevant stakeholders, in a governance arrangement to guide the implementation of its policy to ban cosmetic testing on animals”.

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The new legislation is indeed good news. Although no animal testing of cosmetics has occurred in Australia for years, the new Act will ensure that we don’t slip backwards. The Minister has acknowledged the “general international trend away from reliance on the use of animals to determine the hazards and risks associated with the use of industrial chemicals”. Together with the Minister’s  11 commitments, this gives us hope for further progress on the slow road towards phasing out all animal research and testing, which will be replaced with better methods that are relevant to humans.

Our colleagues at HSI have worked tirelessly to negotiate and achieve commitments in addition to the Act, and we commend them on their hard work.

http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/interview/a-breakdown-of-the-cosmetics-legislation

My comment: There was every reason to celebrate in 2013 : A ban on animal testing for cosmetics entered into force in the EU.

However, under certain circumstances, the authorities still require that cosmetic ingredients be tested on animals – under the guise of the REACH Regulation.

REACH is a regulation for Registration  Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction and  of Chemicals. That this continues to require animal testing is a clear violation of REACH itself and of the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

An EU court ruled that only tests without human animals should be used to meet the requirements for the safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients.

This means, that animal testing in the cosmetics industry with the aim of still testing ingredients that are allegedly harmful are insignificant.

Nevertheless! Even today, animals suffer and die in such experiments in EU countries.

We hope that Australia will act more consistently and honestly than the EU with the ban on animal testing.

PETA has an official list for animal-free cosmetics, it is unfortunately in German. If anyone is interested, I can post it.
I find cosmetics very important in our everyday lives.
And we all can not imagine living without soap, shampoo or toothpaste.
But just today we have NO excuse to use cosmetics that has been tested on animals.

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We have information, knowledge, alternatives.
We just have to use it consistently.

My best regards, Venus