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A busy time as we take our mission to end animal testing across the globe!

It has been a very busy few weeks as we continue with our mission to end animal testing. We must never forget that animal testing is an international issue and our recent activities have shown just how important our work is in reaching out to people across the globe. Cruelty Free International, our new global organisation dedicated to ending cosmetics tests on animals, is going from strength to strength! Thanks to the support of The Body Shop, our cruelty-free pledge has now launched in over 40 countries, including the USA, Mexico, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Africa, Jordan, Pakistan, Korea and Hong Kong ; our message reaching tens of millions of people. The support we have received has been fantastic. You can find out more and see some great photographs at our Cruelty Free International website, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

I hope you will join Cruelty Free International, which is the largest and most ambitious campaign ever to seek a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics, by signing our global pledge. Keep checking back at the Cruelty Free International website to find out when our global pledge will be arriving in your country and help us stamp out animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

Last week, I travelled to Mauritius for a news conference to announce a significant development in our campaign to raise awareness about the trade in primates from Mauritius for research. We are delighted to receive the support of many of the country’s leading religious and socio-cultural groups and representatives from a number of the groups spoke at the conference in support of our campaign. 

I believe now is the time for the people of Mauritius to make their opposition to this cruel trade heard and join the BUAV so together we can stop this cruelty. Please visit our dedicated website www.SaveOurMonkeys.org and sign our pledge.

In latest UK news, we have been encouraged by a change in position by the government on the use of stray cats and dogs in research. Many of you will be aware of our recent campaign on this issue which has received widespread national media coverage including in The Sunday Times. Thank you to those who have supported us and contacted your MPs. As a result, the Government has now offered to strengthen its position and make it an official policy not to allow testing on stray cats and dogs.    

None of these achievements would be possible without the help we receive from you, our supporters. Thank you! 

Until next time…