18 September 2019
Friday, 20th September 2019 marks the Global Climate Strike. Millions of people around the world will walk out of work, home and school and join climate strikers on the streets to demand change for our future. As a non-profit team dedicated to educating consumers on animal testing, and creating a future free from cruelty, Choose Cruelty Free is proud to be walking among you in the Climate Strike.
This global movement sparks the question, does animal testing affecting the climate crisis? Of course it does. Millions of animals are used in research and toxicity testing, including in drug, medical device, chemical, cosmetic, personal care, household, and other product sectors. The 'Review of Evidence of Environmental Impacts of Animal Research and Testing 2014', investigated the use of resources involved in animal research, waste production in laboratories, sources of pollution, impacts on laboratory workers' health and impacts on biodiversity. According to the evidence concluded in 2014, it was shown that "their use and disposal, and the associated use of chemicals and supplies, contribute to pollution as well as adverse impacts on biodiversity and public health". Further to this, the review states that "the environmental implications of animal testing must be acknowledged, reported, and taken into account as another factor in addition to ethical and scientific reasons weighing heavily in favor of moving away from allowing and requiring animal use in research and testing." #BanAnimalTesting
What can YOU do to create change in your every day life?
-Eat less meat and dairy products (try going meat-free one day per week to begin with)
-Reuse, reduce, recycle
-Conserve energy by switching off lights, heaters, air conditioners, and power points
-Purchase conscientious products that use recyclable materials, and avoid micro plastics
-Donate to ethical charities which do not fund or engage in animal research via Humane Charities