It has been one week since little Lucy, a 10-week-old beagle, joined our family and it’s time for her first bath. We used Furry Animal Shampoo and she loved it. Charlie, our 14-year-old beagle, has been so gentle and has made Lucy feel at home. Our cat, Abbey, is still getting used to the idea of having to put up with two dogs!
Lucy is so full of energy and is such a delight to be around.
However, I also have some really upsetting information to share with you.
Two days before we got Lucy, I was out walking Charlie when we met a very friendly Highland Terrier who just had to say hello to Charlie. The owner proceeded to explain she was a rescue dog from an animal testing facility just outside of Brisbane. I was speechless. I asked him, “But this is Australia – what do you mean?”
He explained it is one of the ‘best’ kept secrets. He said that his dog loves beagles because most of the other dogs in the research test facility were beagles. The dogs are usually kept in a 1m x 2m cage. Beagles are the most popular breed used for animal testing because they are gentle, calm, friendly and have such a trusting temperament. I was so upset and sad to think of all the beagles and all animals being used around the world for medical research or cosmetic testing.
I felt so sad that we had a 10-week-old beagle join our family, while so many other beagles spend most of their life in animal testing facility. I also found out there is an organisation whose mission it is to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for beagles and any other animal used for laboratory testing.
To find out more visit: http://www.beaglefreedomaustralia.org/
At Perfect Potion we have made our position regarding animal testing very clear. We are certified cruelty free with Choose Cruelty Free. We have not and will never compromise our values like many other cosmetic companies by selling our products to countries which still have laws requiring mandatory animal testing for cosmetics.
I do not know why it took so long, but I am relieved the Australian Senate passed a government bill legislation in 2017, banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. However, it is so disappointing the commencement date for this bill is July 2020!
To find out more about Choose Cruelty Free and what you can do to support animals’ rights, please visit: http://choosecrueltyfree.org.au