Dogs Help In The Body Shop’s Animal Testing Protest In Front Of The UN

Pups support Forever Against Animal Testing campaign with Cruelty Free International

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Dogs of all sizes and breeds came together at The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International‘s protest in front of The United Nation Headquarters in Manhattan, New York. Donning signs that say, “Ban Animal Testing” and “Dogs Against Cruelty,” dogs and animal lovers made their statement in front of the iconic flags of the UN Headquarters. The Body Shop, a British company, was behind this protest in partnership with Cruelty Free International, an advocacy group against animal experiments. The campaign, “Forever Against Animal Testing”, stands to end animal testing around the world where an estimated 500 000 animals are affected in the cosmetic industry.

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Additionally, they hope to emphasize the fact that 80% of countries worldwide do not have laws against animal testing.

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Prominent individuals who supported and participated in the protest included Elias Weiss Friedman AKA The Dogist.

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Popular NYC dog, Louboutina and Cesar Fernandez-Chavez were also present at the protest with Cesar wearing one of the campaign shirts. Louboutina is known to the streets of Manhattan as the dog who gives out free hugs to anyone who wants them.

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The Body Shop, created in 1976, has stood firm and taken pride in their role as an advocate against animal testing. They were, however, the victim of accusation after L’Oreal bought the company in 2006.

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L’Oreal has claimed it stopped animal testing with its products since 1989, but L’Oreal still sells its products in China where animal testing is required for some products.

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In recent years, L’Oreal has taken steps to ensure its products made and sold in China no longer used animal testing. Due to the fact that L’Oreal still trades with China prevents them from joining PETA’s cruelty-free list. Last year, L’Oreal announced that it would sell The Body Shop to Brazilian make-up company, Natura.

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The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International will continue to use their platforms and allies – both dog and human – to take a stand against animal cruelty.