Anyone who wishes to sell new cosmetics or toiletries and ingredients in the EU, must not test them on animals anywhere in the world but companies can still carry on testing on animals for cosmetics sold outside the EU.
Among species killed in traps are foxes, badgers, beavers, bears, otters and raccoons; and on farms mink, arctic foxes, sable, chinchilla, rabbits and an estimated 2 million each of cats and dogs each year in China.
Hens need to walk, run, fly, scratch, dust-bathe and peck. But most of the UK’s 36 million laying hens (about 6 million in Scotland) live in cages stacked in windowless sheds containing tens of thousands birds or more.
Foie gras (literally ‘fatty liver’) is produced by force feeding ducks and geese a mixture of maize, salt and fat, two to three times a day, for between 12 and 21 days.
Buying a puppy, without knowing exactly where he comes from, can be a disaster – for the family and the young animal.
In the UK, snares are set in their thousands on farms and sporting estates to catch so-called pests such as foxes and rabbits.
In 2016 prize money at Royal Ascot alone was a record £6.5 million. But behind this lucrative money driven industry lies cruelty, suffering and premature deaths for many of the horses involved.
Circuses are no fun for animals; they are transported throughout their life cycle, routinely travelling for seven hours or more, often covering thousands of miles a year, regardless of age, condition or reproductive status.
Household products sold in the UK contain individual chemical ingredients that have been tested on animals at home or abroad – a fact the vast majority of the UK general public is completely unaware of.
Proponents of non-stun slaughter believe that the operation can be humane, providing it is properly carried out.