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"The animals you say were ‘sent’ For man’s free use and nutriment. Pray, then, inform me, and be candid Why came they aeons before Man did, To spend long centuries on earth Awaiting their devourer’s birth? Those ill-timed chattels, sent from heaven, Were, sure, the maddest gift e’er given – ‘sent’ for man’s use (can man believe it?) when there was no man to receive it!" Henry S. Salt 1851 – 1939
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PRINT YOUR SHEET HERE  We want to bring about change in South Africa, regarding the testing of cosmetics and personal care, using animals who suffer in cruel experiments and are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed an...d killed. We believe this is both unnecessary and ethically unacceptable. Modern technology and up to date non-animal methods are available, which are more reliable, faster and are cheaper than the animal tests they replace. The European Union, India, Israel and now Brazil ( is working toward this) have all banned animal testing, proving it is possible to have a thriving cosmetics industry without cruel animal tests.

While we explore various options,
PLEASE print out the sheet,
and have it filled. Post back to the address on the form by 1 Dec 2014. The SA govt does not accept on-line petitions. Thank you for your enthusiasm and attention.


Beauty Without Cruelty is opposed to the deprivation of life that hunting represents. We oppose all exploitation of animals and believe, with regard to wildlife, that nature managed very well before humans decided to interfere in their “management”. It is human interference and our greedy appropriation of their habitats (the Riverine rabbit is an example) that is responsible for their plight and ...hunting should not be the method promoted to control their numbers and thus encourage further destruction of habitats in the long term; where will it all end?

Killing animals to conserve them is an interesting concept! The reason why game is so prolific on privately owned game farms is not because of a genuine effort to preserve wildlife, but in order to exploit the numbers for profit. These farms are commercial ventures and breeding and killing to keep the numbers of animals healthy is not conservation, but a money making venture! I As far as using the meat obtained from a kill is concerned: what does the hunter do with inedible meat such as that obtained from lions, leopard and other carnivores! Hunting is not done solely as a means of “helping conservation”, but more because it is entertainment, “sport” and because some people like killing animals.

We hear about much blood money is generated through hunting and we would be interested to know how much of that money actually goes towards conservation! Some years ago the EPA challenged the Zimbabwe government on this issue and it eventually came to light that most of the money was distributed between various government departments that had no link to conservation and no doubt the same happens in this country.

We consider humane education to be as valuable to young people as the creation of jobs and generating money. It is an internationally accepted fact that cruelty to animals leads to cruelty to humans and our mandate is to inform and educate young and old about the suffering, abuse and exploitation of animals and its potential affect on society. We are an animal rights organisation and we believe that animals are entitled to basic rights, including the right to exist (naturally), without interference from humans. We encourage people to make compassionate lifestyle choices which will lead to a compassionate society which is much needed in this country (but we do sometimes have our failures!).

It is tragic that young people in schools are being encouraged to kill animals under the guise of “conservation” and we have no problem with informing people of this. We are encouraged by the fact that animal rights has been deemed the fastest growing movement in the world and this trend will, hopefully, be adopted in this country too. Beryl Scott

In the news - BWC and the hunting prize 

  Please sign and share - In an age and place where food is plentiful there is no need to hunt. Killing for fun, especially exposing children to the concept that animals are here solely for our exploitation to do with as we see fit, is an unhealthy notion. Despite all the high-minded arguments that hunting is a cultural right, that we have always hunted, the necessity for conservation and so on, it comes down to one thing only- the joy of killing. A prize that honours our wildlife, such as photo safaris would be the right thing, especially when of late we have had so many killed at the hands of poachers, and we can teach our children we can enjoy and respect animals without killing.

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Shipping live animals is cheaper, regardless of the horrors the animals will endure before their arrival and the terrible death in store. In the case of South Africa, the ship’s destination is Mauritius, which does not have animal welfare as a priority. While BWC is against the use of animals for any reason, including food, the reality is that these animals are going to die. The question is asked, why not ship the results of local slaughter? These communities require live animals to slaughter for religious purposes. But if the animals are slaughtered in South Africa in the manner prescribed by the religious authorities, does this not satisfy these requirements? Investigations have brought to light the terrible suffering endured by these animals. Cattle, sheep and goats are shipped via the East London route. The next export of live animals from East London to Mauritius has been confirmed: the livestock carrier, the Diamantina, has announced its next destination as East London.

This is what you can do: phone, fax and send an email to let the Page family know that the transport of live animals by sea is inhumane.
Telephone 1: +27 43 701 9900alt+27 43 701 9900
Telephone 2: +27 43 726 3360alt+27 43 726 3360
Fax: +27 43 726 1527
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BWC started campaigning against animal circuses in 2009, and this has gained momentum due to the
Carte Blanche expose which has seen public outrage in the form of regular protests against Brian Boswell's circus, in particular. BWC is working with welfare organisations to a) keep animal circuses out of the Western Cape and b) get a ban on wild animals in the circus, nationwide.

We have discussed the issue in the papers, on radio, approached the venues over the years and held demonstrations and leafleted, raising the subject one on one with the public. In one instance, when over 1000 leaflets were handed out to people in a morning, only 2 people were in favour of the circus. BWC was complimented and commended by many who gladly took the leaflets, and many others spontaneously commented that they never supported animal circuses. 2013 alone has seen well over over 12 000 leaflets distributed in two months and several BWC demonstrations in both CT and in Jhb.

Information on animals in entertainment can be found here

BWC does age appropriate humane education at schools, upon request, in Cape Town and Johannesburg. BWC also does  presentations for groups and higher learning facilities nationally. Contact HEATHER in CT and DENNIS in Jhb

The oppression both of humans and of other species of animals is inextricably tangled within the structure of social arrangements. There is an assertion that human use and mistreatment of other animals are not natural and do little to further the human condition. Historically grounded, oppression is primarily underpinned by economic gain and supported by state ideology.

The exploitation of other animals and the justification of their mistreatment not only closely resemble human oppression but are inextricably tied to it. Such oppression is motivated primarily by economic interests and, what is more, that it is profoundly and permanently entwined with human oppression of other humans.

In order to help ourselves, we must learn to protect both other humans and non-human animals. How does humanity intend to solve differences among its own species when it cannot learn to make peace with the other animals on earth? Humans need to start thinking and living in terms of co-existence, as opposed to dominance. You certainly do not have to love your neighbours, but you should be able to get along with them. Peace begins with the individuals who make a conscious effort to go through life making the least negative impact possible.

It is a mistake to see issues of human and animal exploitation as mutually exclusive. On the contrary, all exploitation is inextricably intertwined. All exploitation is a manifestation of violence. All discrimination is a manifestation of violence. As long as we tolerate violence of any sort, there will be violence of every sort.

BWC does not charge companies to investigate their humane status or for endorsement or the use of the BWC logo, once approved. We would like to see all South African made personal and household care ranges listed in our humane guide, as we know there are viable non-animal methods of ingredient and product testing available.

Beauty Without Cruelty humane criteria

1.   ASSURANCES: As virtually all substances have been tested on animals at some time, BWC requires companies to initiate a self-imposed cut-off date on the use of animal tested ingredients, as long as it is at least five years before the date of application and the company must guarantee that the chosen date will be strictly adhered to in the future. Failure to comply with the fixed cut-off date will result in immediate removal from the BWC approved product guide.

2.   Products may not contain substances, which have been obtained as a result of the suffering or death of an animal. (We will accept vegetarian)

3.   Written assurances must be obtained from ingredient supply companies, that individual ingredients supplied to the company, have not been tested (by them) on animals after the cut-off date.

4.   Parent companies and their subsidiaries too, must comply with these criteria.

 Advertising Standards Authority states that companies must be able to provide proof of their humane claims. BWC is an accepted independent organisation able to audit such proof.

PLEASE don't ignore the point that if a range is not on the BWC humane guide they are NOT proven to be humane. We cannot emphasise anough that what's on the bottle means nothing if the company has not been endorsed through independent third party verification, which BWC is, and a recognised authority.

One can not automatically assume that European products are now acceptable as many of the 'names' also have facilities outside of the EU where they are and will continue with animal testing. In fact L'Oreal, for example, has made in clear they will continue with animal testing where it is permitted, and now they (along with other names) have also moved to China where animal testing for personal care sold in China is mandatory. (18 April 2013 --- L'Oréal said growth in China continues. First-quarter sales rose 5.1%, helped by emerging markets)

While Leaping Bunny is not as comprehensive in their requirements and we do not 'accept' their endorsements, they offer some form of assurance that is an international standard and we do not recommend any other endorsement for overseas brands. For local brands, and Leaping Bunny approved international brands found in South Africa, please use our humane guides


BWC is in the process of approaching Government regarding the annual publication of animals used in research, along with other demands that help prevent duplication, ensure that there is a even mix of interested parties on ethics committees etc. Tax payers fund much of the research and therefore, are in fact, entitled to this information. There are no medications on the market that have not been subject to animal testing and therefore we cannot offer the public anything in the way of suitable humane alternatives.



BWC has committed to the food care of the baboons now safely at a sanctuary for life, after being freed from a medical research facility. This has required roughly R250 000 over the last 5 years and your financial contribution will go  towards assisting us with these ongoing costs.

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