"How will we live
when we recognize that all beings and the elementals are our most
precious relations on whose behalf we are called to devote our lives?"
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains
also be measured by the ability to live within the bounds of the
laws of ecology -- to live in harmony with one’s own
ecology and to recognize the limitations placed on each species
by the needs of an ecosystem. Is the species that dwells peacefully
within its habitat with respect for the rights of other species
the one that is inferior? Or is it the species that wages a holy
war against its habitat, destroying all species that irritate it?
What can be said of a species that reproduces beyond the ability
of its habitat to support it? What do we make of a species that
destroys the diversity that sustains the ecosystem that nourishes
it? How is a species to be judged that fouls its water and poisons
its own food? On the other hand, how is a species that has lived
harmoniously within the boundaries of its ecology to be judged?"
--Paul Watson of
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"The old Lakota was
wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes
hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things
soon led to a lack of respect for humans, too.
So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence."
--Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota Sioux
"Cetologists observe, document, and decipher
evidence that points to a profound intelligence dwelling in the
oceans. It is an intelligence that predates our own evolution as
intelligent primates by millions of years."
"He prayeth well,
who loveth well / Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best / All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us, / He made and loveth all."
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Confirmation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
that Aveda to date does not test its products on animals
From: Stephanie Ruple - PETA
To: Lisa - LysistrataProject
Subject: Thank you for contacting PETA!
Date: Oct 2, 2013 11:41 AM
Thank you for contacting us about Aveda. As you know, Aveda is
a subsidiary of Estée Lauder. Estée Lauder was included
on PETA’s cruelty-free list for more than two decades, so
we were stunned to learn that it is paying for tests on animals
in China. This means that Estée Lauder no longer qualifies
to be listed as cruelty-free, and we have removed it from our list
of companies that have permanently banned all tests on animals and
added it to our list of companies that do test on animals.
Estée Lauder has also changed the language in the animal
testing policies of its subsidiary brands, which are listed at http://www.elcompanies.com/Pages/Our-Brands.aspx.
We are currently trying to clarify whether these brands are still
cruelty-free or whether they are also marketing in China, and they
have been removed from our “don’t test” list until
we receive clarification. However, two of Estée Lauder’s
subsidiaries, Aveda and Sean John, provided us with separate confirmation
that they are not marketing or selling their products, and are not
paying for any tests on animals, in China. You can rest assured
that Aveda remains committed to their mission of providing cruelty-free
products despite Estée Lauders’ expansion into China.
Because tests on animals are required by the Chinese government
before many cosmetics products can be marketed in China, some companies,
including Aveda, choose not to sell their products there. We urge
you to support these companies and continue to purchase products
from the more than 1,300 companies on our cruelty-free list, which
can be found at http://www.PETA.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx.
Through a generous grant given to PETA, we are now supporting the
efforts of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (http://www.iivs.org),
which is providing training for scientists in China in the use of
non-animal test methods and working with officials to accept the
non-animal methods that are used in the U.S., the European Union,
and much of the world. We are urging Estée Lauder to contribute
significantly to this effort to hasten the process.
Thanks again for calling and for everything that you do to help
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President
Office of the President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
501 Front Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-962-8204 Fax: 757-628-0786
"Until we have the courage to recognize
cruelty for what it is, whether its victim is human or animal, we
cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot
have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living
creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic
delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity."
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