Progress for Science Charlottesville Statement

Progress for Science Charlottesville Statement

In the wake of the events at Charlottesville where hundreds of self-styled First Amendment advocates – Nazis, white supremacists and racists – marched, and where one person was killed, many injured and townspeople and counter-protesters showed up to defend bodies as well as promote messages of peace and tolerance, calls went out for groups of every nature to take a stand and denounce such far-right shows of bigotry, hatred and intolerance. Included in these calls was one by Dr. Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan who asked “USA based animals rights and / pro-vegan organizations to release an official statement and action plan on how they do not support white supremacy/racism”. We responded with the following message on Facebook and reproduce it here. Progress for Science, both as a small grassroots group and as individual organizers, denounces the hate and intolerance, bigotry and ignorance fostered by 45 and the white supremacists that form his core base of support. We denounce the actions of the thugs with tiki torches who virtually goosestepped thru Charlottesville and their like across the country and the world. We salute those who resist them every step of the way. There are today (and have long been) many struggles plaguing our capitalist patriarchal society and the beings who live in it. We are actively committed to fighting these: to fighting racism and to learning how we ourselves unfortunately contribute to the racial hierarchies in our society and how some of us have benefitted from them. We are far far from being “post racist” in the US and everyone does and should “see color”. Refusing to face up...
NARS: The Artistry of Cruelty

NARS: The Artistry of Cruelty

HOW KIND IS YOUR BLUSH? The ethical stance of makeup and personal hygiene companies is a major selling point for people who look for the Leaping Bunny and other seals that certify “animal friendly” and “cruelty free” before they buy. NARS Cosmetics has long been known to be a company that rejects animal testing – they have used this as an effective marketing tool – and the founder, make-up artist and photographer François Nars, is rumored to be vegan. Though NARS’ parent company Shiseido is itself complicit in animal testing, NARS remained proudly unblemished. So we were all unpleasantly shocked and appalled when we caught the news spreading like wildfire through the interwebs: NARS Cosmetics has made the decision to ditch its ethics and go to the dark side. That doesn’t mean that they, in some boardroom meeting in Hell, suddenly decided they were gonna hire a bunch of evil scientists, get some bunnies from a breeder specializing in animals destined to die in laboratories, and start pouring undiluted chemicals in their eyes. No, it means they decided to start selling their products in China WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH CHINA ANYWAY? One of the biggest stumbling blocks to being an extra super profitable cruelty-free company these days, perhaps the only one given that the European Union and New Zealand have banned the practice of testing products on animals and the United States and Japan do not require it, is that when you enter the Chinese market, you are essentially agreeing to have your products go through testing on animals. Although China is making progress in recognizing and using alternative testing...
Britches and the Great Imagining

Britches and the Great Imagining

by Roxanne Galvan          As we approach World Week for Animals in Laboratories, I want us to take a few moments to remember the tragic story of Britches. In 1985, a baby macaque monkey was born in a laboratory at the University of Riverside. Shortly after, he was stripped from his mother’s care and subjected to unimaginable cruelty under the guise of ‘scientific research’. Some would prefer to call it for what it truly is: torture. Britches was forced to be the subject of a study surrounding human blindness. His fresh, tiny eyes were sewn shut with oversized sutures, such that he suffered permanent corneal damage once they were removed by his liberators. A sonar device that emitted piercing sounds was strapped to his head. The baby macaque was left alone in a small metal cage where he spent the fir st 5 weeks of his life terrified and devoid of any compassion or solace. The story of Britches has a happy ending where anonymous ALF activists, with the help of sympathetic workers within the laboratory, rescue him along with somewhere between 400-700 other animals. Dressed in white lab coats and black balaclavas, they conducted a live liberation, filming and exposing the horror lab. For Britches, we get a sigh of relief knowing he was saved from solitary confinement and spent the rest of his years in a sanctuary with an elder macaque foster mom. For the countless other animals who have died and are awaiting premature death in labs, we cannot feel that relief. Vivisection is a topic that makes almost anyone uncomfortable as they...