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ANNUAL SALES OF CRUELTY-FREE COSMETICS BEATS FAIRTRADE FOOD December 29, 2005 4:09 PM

Here's an economic reason for selling cruelty-free products and
services --  and economic reasons make the world go 'round.

SALES OF CRUELTY-FREE COSMETICS BEATS FAIRTRADE FOOD

BUAV invite the Government to listen

Figures just out reveal that UK consumers spent 173 million Euros last
year on Humane Cosmetics Standard labelled cosmetics and toiletries,
beating sales of Fair Trade food which had a 140 million Euro spend.
The report also found that total sales of ethical products and
services increased by over 15% on the previous year to 25.8 billion Euros.

The BUAV's (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) Humane
Cosmetics Standard is a strict code that requires a company to prove
they do not conduct or commission any animal testing by applying a
verifiable fixed cut-off date after which no animal testing must have
taken place either within the company or throughout the supply chain.
If successful, they may use the 'rabbit and stars' logo on their
packaging which allows consumers to easily identify which cosmetics
and toiletries have not been tested on animals. A similar Standard
exists in the UK for household products.

Adolfo Sansolini, Chief Executive of the BUAV says: �At this time of
year it is particularly important to get the message across to buy
only cruelty-free products. Although no licenses have been granted for
cosmetics testing in the UK since 1998, the majority of products on
our shelves will still have been tested on animals elsewhere, so
shoppers still need to be vigilant so as not to be indirectly funding
animal testing. Choosing cosmetics and toiletries approved by the BUAV
is the way to be sure that your Christmas presents are really good for
everyone�

He continues: "This is a clear message from the public that they care
about animals, and don�t want their products tested on them, so it's
high time the Government overturned its blind attitude in favour of
animal testing. The use and development of alternative methods is the
present we all want to receive in 2006."

For more information about the scheme or for a free copy of the "The
Little Book of Cruelty-Free", that lists cruelty free household and
cosmetics manufacturers, view the list at
http://www.buav.org/gocrueltyfree/littlebook.html and
http://www.leapingbunny.org/pdf/ccicguide_full.pdf.

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